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NUS responds to Careers Strategy launch

Monday 4 December 2017

Responding to this morning’s launch of the Careers Strategy by Anne Milton, Minster for Skills, NUS Vice President for Further Education, Emily Chapman, said:

NUS responds to Careers Strategy launch

 

Responding to this morning’s launch of the Careers Strategy by Anne Milton, Minster for Skills, NUS Vice President for Further Education, Emily Chapman, said:

 

“The Careers Strategy is welcome. For far too long, young people have been left to navigate the complicated careers landscape alone, or with minimal support. This support is often patchy across the country, with many having to rely on outdates websites and sometimes biased advice from parents and teachers. 

 

We are especially pleased to see that the four pillars of the strategy aim to ensure that young people have access to high quality, face-to-face, impartial CIAG. It is particularly promising to see that the strategy has been built in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, and that it places the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance front and centre. 

 

However, while the principles of the strategy are good, the minimal funding that has been allocated towards implementing it is deeply concerning. It is unclear how £4million will support over 500 schools to provide a dedicated careers leader, or how £5million will cover 20 new careers hubs across the country to support those most in need. Principles are a good place to start, but without proper investment and accountability, this strategy will flounder and fail.”

 

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Emily Chapman is available for interview. Please contact NUS Press office pressoffice@nus.org.uk 07866 695 010 

Notes 

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