NCC Chair's response to the Secretary of State's recent contribution to the Education Select Committee on careers work
"I am delighted to hear that the Secretary of State recognises the need to raise awareness among students of the needs of the labour market. As he says creating better links between local business and schools is needed. But this has to be brokered and further developed to strengthen individuals' connectivity to changing labour markets. Relying on local business and schools itself is not enough – we need to support better links through high quality independent careers support that shortens the distance between pupils and the world of work. Such advice is not about ‘premature specialisation’ but helping young people (and their parents) navigate the opportunities open to them and making sure young people don’t close down options too early. Robust research findings indicate poor career decisions are costly to the individual, families and UK PLC. In 2014, we are likely to see more families and businesses wanting clear signals and support to young people on career pathways and opportunities. The National Careers Council, an independent Ministerial appointed advisory body, set out practical steps for improvement in its report to Government in June 2013. It will meet again with Government officials on 30th January 2014."
The National Careers Council is chaired by Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, with 10 members and 3 associate experts comprising senior leaders from industry, education and careers sectors. For further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/policy-advisory-groups/the-national-careers-council