Careers service has ‘had its day’

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Britain’s national careers service has “had its day” and the Government must act to ensure there are sufficient well-trained and enthusiastic young people to go into industry, say employers.

The calls follow the publication of a report on the National Careers Service by education regulator Ofsted.

Andy Tüscher, regional director of the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF, was scathing in his criticism of the Careers Service.

“Today’s Ofsted report clearly shows that the National Careers Service has had its day and is failing to deliver informed, impartial advice to young people,” said Mr Tüscher.

“Manufacturers, facing acute skills shortages, are crying out for young talent. As more firms announce expansion plans in the UK we urgently need to develop a pipeline of well-trained and enthusiastic young employees.”

Mr Tüscher called on the Government to restore compulsory work experience for children aged 14 to 16.

Meanwhile, CBI director for employment and skills policy Neil Carberry called on the Government to act swiftly to give schools the careers support they needed.