Expressandstar.com 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
"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 eef.org.uk the
new guidelines will carry huge implications for his own industry and
could raise awareness of the many opportunities it provides.