Schools urged to adopt new six-point plan for careers education

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A new six-point code has been launched with the aim of ensuring young people are given the highest quality of careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Eight organisations representing schools, colleges and learning providers in England have drawn up The Foundation Code, which states that:

  • Careers education and advice should be part of the curriculum and be led by a senior leader.
  • Partnerships should be built with businesses to give young people work experience and other opportunities to help better prepare them for work.
  • Young people should be given opportunities to speak to the full range of education and training establishments, and employers, so they can make the best decision on what is right for them.
  • Parents and carers should be encouraged to participate in the decision-making process.
  • Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds should be given help and support to raise their aspirations, confidence and skills.
  • Staff providing careers information and advice should receive regular professional training.

ASDAN's Careers and Experiencing Work Short Course provides a curriculum for Careers and work-related learning, while all ASDAN courses develop skills that are vital for success in the workplace, such as communication and teamwork.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: “Giving our young people the skills and confidence to achieve their potential is key to creating Britain’s workforce of the future.

“No career should be out of reach, and that is why it is essential that the best advice and inspiration is given in our schools and colleges.”