Fisheries: Vocational Guidance

Department for Education written question – answered on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school leavers to pursue a career in the fishing industry.

Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school leavers to pursue a career in the video games industry.

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

To help young people understand what they can pursue and achieve in the future, it is important that they have information on a range of jobs and careers, as well as having the opportunity to encounter a wide variety of employers in different sectors to inspire them. We are improving careers advice in schools so that young people understand the full range of careers available and how they can progress into them through both technical and academic routes.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is making sure that every young person has access to encounters with employers from a range of sectors, which may include the fishing and video games industries. Information on a variety of careers, including these industries, can also be found on the National Careers Service website, which is available at: https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk//.

Regarding the video games industry specifically, we have introduced Computing as a statutory national curriculum subject at all four key stages and we have introduced a new Computer Science GCSE and A level. These subjects will better equip pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue high-tech jobs in the future, including the development of video games, for example through the level 4 software developer apprenticeship or the level 3 digital support technician apprenticeship.

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