Liberal Democrat Conference support for careers services – 26/09/11
Prospects was represented at the Liberal Democrat Conference this week with a stand in the exhibition area and high level networking by Executive Chairman, Ray Auvray. In fact Ray took the opportunity to speak at a major fringe event on "Mutuals".
Notable visitors to the Prospects stand included Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, Secretary of State at BIS, Vince Cable, Minister of State, DfE, Sarah Teather and Minister of State, DWP, Steve Webb. All showed interest in our activities particularly in the Work Programmne, WorldSkills and family involvement in education though the LPPA. We also welcomed dozens of MEPs, MPs, senior elected members, leaders and party activists from across the UK.
Speeches and announcements of interest covered the economy, the extension of the pupil premium and a new £50m summer school scheme for up to 100,000 disadvantaged children to attend before they start secondary school.
More support for careers services was also suggested. At a fringe meeting the government's adviser on access to education said he is close to getting ministers to agree on guaranteeing a face-to-face careers service for young people for this year.
Simon Hughes, the government's adviser on access to education said, "I am hopeful that within a matter of weeks we may get [guaranteed face-to-face advice] as a government position. I hope that the onus from government will deliver, for the first time, a guaranteed face-to-face careers advice for every young person at secondary school."
Hughes admitted that there is a "major problem" caused by the gap between the old and new careers service. He said, "That is why I am putting on pressure every week to try and get the decision that this year there will be a guaranteed face-to-face careers service."