Vocational Guidance

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the visibility of career options for young people.

Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to increase the visibility of career options for care leavers.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

All schools and colleges must provide careers information, advice and guidance for all 12 to 18 year olds. The Careers Strategy published in December 2017 identified the Gatsby Benchmarks as the gold standard for careers in England. The benchmarks help schools to develop a programme of high quality careers advice and all schools are expected to meet the 8 benchmarks by the end of 2020. To support schools in implementing the benchmarks, we are setting up 40 Careers Hubs and providing 1300 training bursaries to train Careers Leaders in schools.

Under the Baker Clause, all secondary schools must invite providers of technical education and apprenticeships to talk to pupils and give all pupils a full picture of their options. Schools must also publish a policy statement setting out these opportunities and must make sure that this statement is followed.

In addition to the universal services mentioned above, local authorities are required to appoint a Personal Adviser to help care leavers to make the transition from care to independence, which includes helping them to engage in education, employment or training. We have recently introduced a new duty on local authorities that extends the support from a Personal Adviser to all care leavers until the age of 25 from the previous age threshold of 21.

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