Union fears the class of 2012 will be the least informed about career options at a time when they need to know the most
UNISON has warned the National Careers Service launched today will be a flimsy replacement for the now decimated Connexions service.
The union’s head of education Jon Richards said: “With unemployment among 16-25 year olds at record levels, and more than a million young people struggling to find work, the new service has a mountain to climb if it is to deliver decent careers services for young people.
“The government has handed over responsibility for providing careers advice to schools, but without the money to make it work. Many schools are totally unprepared and the National Careers Service will not fill the gap that is left.
“To make it worse the decimation of the Connexions service means that current careers advice for young people is a shambles in many areas. Just when our young people need it most, hundreds of thousands across England will have either very limited, or even no access to ‘face-to-face’ career guidance.
“The class of 2012 will be the least informed about their career options at a time when they need to know the most.”
Research by UNISON revealed that of 144 local authorities only 15 will maintain what the researchers termed as a “substantial” universal careers service, and at least a third have reduced or removed the universal element of the Connexions service. More than 100 councils have reduced staffing levels and 50 have closed Connexions centres.
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