General Article Careers guidance services are failing young people

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The Government risks replacing face-to-face careers guidance with remote online schemes that young people report they can’t use or don’t even know exist, jeopardising their chances of getting sustainable work, Barnardo’s research reveals today.

Last year, the Government transferred responsibility for delivering careers guidance away from local authorities, and passed it on to schools and a mixture of web and phone-based services instead. Remote services include the flagship National Careers Service (NCS) website and helpline for all ages, expected to reach 370,000 young people per year, and the Plotr site for 11–25-year-olds.

However, Barnardo’s Helping the inbetweeners report on the state of England’s careers provision, reveals that these services are not reaching young people – especially those ‘in between’, who may have low qualifications and be disengaged from school but don’t qualify for extra support because they’re not classified as the most ‘at risk’ by local authorities.


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