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UK careers strategy launched

At the start of this week Skills Minister Anne Milton launched the UK’s new Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents. The strategy has a clear focus on social mobility and includes a number of proposals to improve careers advice for young people and adults.   

Key aspects of the strategy include:  

•    Dedicated careers leaders for every school and college, so they can give the most up-to-date advice and fully prepare young people for the world of work.
•    Quality interactions between schools and businesses with secondary schools expected to provide pupils with at least one meaningful interaction with businesses every year
•    Careers hubs to be set up across the country to support young people in the most disadvantaged areas, linking together schools, colleges, universities and local businesses to broaden the aspirations of young people.
•    Trials of careers activities in primary schools, testing out ways of engaging children from an early age on the wealth of careers available to them -  helping to raise their aspirations.
•    The National Careers Service will provide access to specialist support for adults who need it most, ensuring the creation of opportunities for everyone, no matter where they live or their background.   

The announcement follows the launch of the government’s Industrial Strategy which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It is part of the government’s commitment to make sure people have the skills they need to get on in life and help build a Britain that is fit for the future.  

Within higher education
, the ability of students to make informed choices is at the heart of the reform agenda. In order to support students to make the choices that are right for them, the department for education are prioritising the following:   

•    Ensuring all students understand the full range of learning opportunities available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
•    Making destinations and outcomes data more accessible to people, to help them compare opportunities and make informed decisions on education, training and employment options.
•    Introducing the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework to help students to identify where to find excellent teaching and the best graduate outcomes. The first institutional ratings were published in June 2017. We are now piloting subject-level TEF, to be implemented in 2019/20, to give students more detailed information about teaching quality at the course level.
•    Asking the Director of Fair Access and Participation and the Office for Students to expect higher education institutions to do more to make sure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds make best use of their university careers services.
•    Creating a National Careers Service with improved online resources, to bring all careers information in one place.


Created on: 08 December 2017

Last updated: 11 December 2017

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