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Nick Clegg to roll out improved careers guidance in schools

28 Feb 14  | Recruitment News

Nick Clegg has announced a series of proposals for improving careers advice for young pupils and will commission Ofsted to conduct frequent inspections to ensure the new guidelines are being followed.

Speaking in front of a crowd of 500 students at Southfields Academy in South London, the deputy prime minister vowed to transform careers advice from a "tick box exercise" into a vital part of the curriculum. says the plans also include a Ucas-style system for vocational qualifications, while schools will be pushed to keep up with the new standards.

Mr Clegg cited figures from Ofsted which show that just one in five schools in Britain are currently offering sound careers advice.

However, the leader of the Liberal Democrats insists the new guidelines will not be optional.

"For a lot of the young people I meet, careers guidance currently feels like a tick box exercise squeezed into a lunchtime break with a busy teacher, who no doubt already has a lot on their plate," he commented.

"So, we are issuing new guidance for schools, in the next few weeks, that will set out just what good careers advice should look like. And not take-it-or-leave-it guidance."

EEF, the organisation for UK manufacturers, has long campaigned upon the need for clearer careers provision and has praised the deputy for addressing this key issue. 

Tim Thomas, the group's head of employment, told the new guidelines will carry huge implications for his own industry and could raise awareness of the many opportunities it provides.

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