Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy – Careers education, information, advice and guidance

The Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy have released their report on Careers education, information, advice and guidance this morning.

There is a lot of very welcome stuff in the report. The key recommendations are as follows:

Government policy should be to incentivise schools to bring their careers provision up to standard and to hold them to account when they fail to do so. Ofsted’s role should be strengthened, and schools downgraded if careers provision is not effective.

The complex web of national organisations should be untangled. There should be a single Minister in charge of careers provision for all ages, and a rationalisation of the Government-funded organisations delivering careers programmes. The Careers & Enterprise Company should be empowered to act as the umbrella organisation it was intended to be.

Steps should also be taken to bring order to the congested market place of service providers and websites. The Quality in Careers and matrix Standards should be merged into a single brand.

Careers advice and guidance should be grounded in accurate information about the labour market. The Government should ensure that Local Enterprise Partnerships have the capacity—and are encouraged—to provide up-to-date, good quality labour market information to schools, colleges and careers professionals in their areas.

Finally, all young people should be given the opportunity to understand better the world of work, through engagement with employers and meaningful work experience.

I’d be interested to hear what other people make of this. Are these the right recommendations? Will the government implement them?

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One comment

  1. Strong and sensible recommendations. CEC has momentum and delivered good work on enterprise side; needs to up its game significantly on careers. QiCS Awards merger with Matrix standards doesn’t make sense : one is curric based; the other organisational. Otherwise, a good report.

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