This week the Department for Education published its careers strategy. As the largest provider of careers advice for young people and adults in the country, Prospects welcomes this new strategy which it says will also beneficial impact on social mobility.
For more than 20 years, Prospects has championed the importance of careers advice and guidance. The strategy focuses on driving improvement in schools through the Gatsby benchmarks, ensuring each school and college has a formally trained careers leader - a cornerstone to achieving access for all. This is will mean all young people receive the careers support they are entitled to and are inspired and informed about their futures.
Prospects work has facilitated employer engagement through the Inspiration Agenda, part of the National Careers Service, a careers and skills programme and school led events. The importance of these encounters, and their inclusion in the careers strategy, will benefit young people to gain a better understanding of the world of work. Prospects saw 73,000 young people through this initiative, working with 1,500 employers and 1,100 schools.
Paul Welch, Prospects Young People & Families Director in the Midlands, comments: “Obliging education providers to work towards meeting the Gatsby benchmarks is good step in ensuring our young people get the careers help they need for their future.”
Paul continues: “Good, impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance is an agent for change and catalyst of social mobility. We work with more than 100,000 young people each year around the country and where there is good provision we see clear benefits in lowered not in education, employment or training rates and greater participation in employment and education. We know careers advice can turn a young person’s life around because we hear their stories every day and see the benefits in the communities we serve.”
Paul adds: “We also support the government's initiative to work with primary schools to inspire younger children and start career exploration at an earlier stage.”
Prospects, as prime provider of the National Careers Service in London, the West Midlands and the South West also welcomes the aspects of the strategy covering life-long guidance and how the National Careers Service can support those with low educational qualifications and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Brenda Cabras, Prospects Director, Employment and Skills, comments: “Prospects welcomes the recognition of the importance of careers advice in delivering the Government’s aspirations around skills and the Industrial strategy and the positive impact career guidance can have on social mobility. The continuing investment in the National Careers Service will help many disadvantaged adults to improve their skills through training and learning, progress into work and improve their life chances.”
Prospects supported 185,000 people through its National Careers Service contracts in 2016/7, helping 24,000 into meaningful work and more than 35,000 into accredited learning.