National Careers Week – the lost art of giving good guidance

It’s National Careers Week – but thanks to years of government cuts, careers advice at school isn’t what it used to be. UNISON thinks young people deserve a better start to their working life

UNISON supports the valuable role played by National Careers Week which celebrates the importance of careers advice and education in schools.

The resources it provides help give schools a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education. National Careers Week provides a useful platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

UNISON continues to campaign for a world class careers provision that is accessible to everyone, because it is integral to helping young people achieve their ambitions.

UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “Throughout the years, careers services have been cut hugely by the government. As a result, many people are in low-paid jobs missing out on education or learning new skills. Only an effective national careers service can address and reverse this trend.

“It is key that quality careers advice is planned properly and funded adequately as it can help improve social mobility, reduce levels of inactivity through training or education, and also lead to higher wages.

“National Careers Week promotes the importance of good careers education and guidance in schools and colleges.”

Careers services have seen many changes over the years, with budget cuts, restructurings and policy changes.

This has caused job losses, cuts to terms and conditions and the undervaluing of professional qualifications.

UNISON wants to see a universal careers service accessible to people of all ages, delivered by qualified careers professionals and with a stable funding system.

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