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NUS celebrates win for young people’s Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Friday 1 July 2016 NUS News

Over the last two years NUS has been working to ensure that the government invest heavily in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance services.

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, we launched a New Deal for IAG and we worked with the TUC and Union to launch our A Careers Service for Future Success campaign. Our asks were straight forward, we wanted to see a universal careers service delivering impartial information, advice and guidance for students and workers of all ages which included an offer of face to face guidance for young people.

Careers IAG is currently delivered through the National Careers Service, an umbrella organisation for careers provision to be delivered regionally though contracts. The service is predominantly targeted at 19 plus, leaving many young learners in the dark.

We are happy to say that during a question asked in the House of Lords on Wednesday 15 June, Baroness Stowell of Beeston announced that there would be a new strategy for improved careers education and guidance for young people, setting out a clear vision of what government wants to achieve by 2020. There will be an investment of £90 million into careers policy over the remainder of this parliament, including £20 million for a mentoring scheme for at risk students.

NUS with students’ unions have been lobbying hard for reforms to careers provision in the UK, including providing evidence to the House of Lords. We’re extremely happy that the government has finally decided to invest in what we hope to be a careers service fit for purpose.

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