I have written a short piece on careers policy under the Coalition Government for the Celeb Youth UK website. For those of you who haven’t come across it before Celeb Youth UK is a research project investigating the relationship between young people, aspirations and celebrity.
Is it really so hard to work out why some young people are having their aspirations frustrated?
Over the life of this project, the CelebYouth team have challenged government rhetoric of low aspirations, arguing that this not only lacks any evidence base, it also neglects the broader structural context within which young people’s ideas about their future are formed and realised. In this post, guest blogger Tristram Hooley argues that the provision of career support can be pivotal in helping young people to realise their aspirations. He argues that many young people have high aspirations, but are unable to fully realise them because of lack of support. Tristram has recently published a research report which describes how resources, staffing and political support for career education and guidance have declined since the election of the Coalition Government. As he explains, this decline has resulted in a dramatic loss of support for most young people and deleterious consequences.