The new skills and post-16 education Bill launched last week sets out the government’s priorities, including a skills “revolution” that promises to strengthen jobs.
Perhaps the time has come to realise you can't 'level up' by simply offering more training courses (although part of the solution). This has to be accompanied by clear signposting to high-quality careers support for young people that helps them make successful and sustainable progress into real jobs. The question that needs to be addressed should be 'Where are the highly visible places and spaces for careers and job support or advice for young people in England?’ For example, as a recruitment company we have dozens of apprenticeship vacancies that we struggle (like many) to pass onto young people due to this gap in the system. This is exacerbated by the fact that many FE providers or schools will only allow a recruitment company to share the Apprenticeship vacancies with their learners if they are delivering the training directly……this can’t be right?
The need for more specialist (and potentially independent) careers advisers and coaches, as part of a system that puts young people's needs first, has never been more needed. If the government is willing to commit in skills investment, then it must recognise the need to complement this with a support system of careers guidance and recruitment services. Only by better connecting young people to jobs and careers will we make the lifetime skills guarantee and personalised guidance work for all.
The new skills and post-16 education Bill can be found here https://lnkd.in/eYcufk7
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