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Subject to the passage of the Education Bill, schools will be under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for all pupils in years 9 to 11 from September 2012. All guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and in the best interests of the pupils concerned. This summer, we will consult on extending the duty to young people up to the age of 18 studying in schools and further education institutions.
Schools will be free to determine how best to fulfil this duty based on the needs of their pupils but the careers guidance must include information on apprenticeships alongside all other 16-18 education or training options. A range of high quality sources of information on apprenticeships are widely available including those produced by the National Apprenticeship Service.