DfE to launch careers strategy in schools in the coming weeks
December 10, 2015
Sam Gyimah MP, Minister of State for Schools, recently outlined the government’s plans for a comprehensive careers strategy in schools which will be published in the coming weeks. The aims of this strategy will be to create a system which not only connects schools with employers, but allows young people and their parents/carers to keep up to date with the latest careers advice in order to ‘make informed decisions on their education, training and employment options’. Mr Gyimah set out what that means for children and young people at different stages of education:
By the end of primary school, young people should be broadly aware of the world of work – able to understand that the expectation is that they will one day have a job and that there are different options available to them. The Minister stressed that this message is vitally important to instil in children from workless families.
By the age of 14, when choosing GCSE results, students should be able to understand how their choices will impact their future and the different routes available to them.
At the age of 16, students should receive the necessary support to make informed decisions about their career choice and the inherent link between attainment and prospects in the job market.
Finally, at the age of 18, young people should have the knowledge and skills to make an informed decision about careers choice and their future training, education or career.