A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the Prime Ministers announcement of £70 million for careers.
Since then there has been some debate about what this actually covers. Russel from Secondary CEIAG went as far as to question whether it was really new money at all.
Thankfully some light has been thrown on this by Ian Austin MP who asked the following Parliamentary questions.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the £70 million funding towards careers in this Parliament, announced by the Prime Minister on 11 January 2016, will be spent in each of the next four years. (23711) Tabled on: 21 January 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of the funding for careers in this Parliament, announced by the Prime Minister on 11 January 2016, will be allocated to the (a) Careers and Enterprise Company and (b) Government’s new initiative to recruit high-flying mentors; and to where any other monies from that funding will be allocated. (23712) Tabled on: 21 January 2016
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the funding announced on 11 January 2016 by the Prime Minister for careers in this Parliament include the £20 million funding announced for the Careers Service in December 2014. (23713) Tabled on: 21 January 2016
To which he received the following answer from the minister (Sam Gyimah).
On 11 January 2016, my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister announced that we are committing £70 million to our careers strategy over this Parliament to continue the transformation of the quality of the careers education, advice and guidance offered to young people. This is on top of the £20 million in 2015-16 announced for careers in the 2014 Autumn Statement.
This £70 million will be spent over the next four years to 2020. We have not yet finalised how much will be spent each year or how it will be allocated but can confirm that there will be continued funding for the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to continue its excellent work. We anticipate that this will include funding to support the Enterprise Adviser Network, the Careers and Enterprise Fund, the Enterprise Passport, the CEC’s research programme and its wider activity to bring schools, colleges, business, and careers and enterprise organisations closer together, and to deliver the new mentoring campaign announced by the Prime Minister on 11 January 2016. We will make further announcements in due course.
Which provides a lot more information including some insights about future priorities.