Recently, the subcommittee for Education, Skills and the Economy has released a report on careers education in English schools. The subcommittee found that “advice and guidance … is patchy and often inadequate. Too many young people are leaving education without the tools to help them consider their future options or how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the job market. This failure is exacerbating skills shortages and having a negative impact on the country’s productivity”.
The subcommittee called on the government to publish a careers strategy concentrating on bringing careers advice up to standard; “untangling” the complex web of organisations which administer careers education (including having a single Minister for careers provision); bringing together the “marketplace” of careers service providers and websites; grounding careers advice in accurate information about the labour workforce; and giving all young people the chance to understand the world of work.