1. This careers strategy is part of our plan to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. Our ambitious, modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost national productivity and the earning power of people throughout the country. We want every person, no matter what their background is, to be able to build a rewarding career. We want to end the generational cycle of disadvantage which means that people from poorer backgrounds earn significantly less than those with wealthier parents, even when they have the same job, experience and qualifications. We want to break down the barriers that currently mean that people with special educational needs and disabilities, or those from disadvantaged groups, experience significantly lower employment rates. We want to challenge perceptions and raise aspirations so that subject and career choices are free from gender bias and people look beyond their immediate environment to new and exciting possibilities.
2. Excellent careers guidance makes sure there is equality of opportunity. It unlocks potential and transforms outcomes for people of all ages. Evidence suggests that effective and impartial careers provision is particularly important for students from working class backgrounds. Yet students from disadvantaged groups, and those who are unsure of their aspirations, have been shown to be the least likely to receive careers guidance.
3. We need to move towards a culture of having the right advice, in the right place, at the right time – backed up by the experiences with employers and educators that make a difference.
4. We want:
• all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
• all young people in secondary school and college to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
• everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances. All adults should be able to access free face-to-face advice, with more bespoke support for those who most need it;
• everyone to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.
5. This document explains how we will bring together all the different elements of our careers system to deliver significant improvements for people of all ages. High-quality education, information, advice and guidance should help people to:
• understand their options and different paths to work, to plan the steps they need to take, and to get from where they are to where they want to go;
• be inspired about new opportunities they might not have known about (or that might not exist yet), or thought they could not achieve;
• understand their own knowledge and skills and how they can be used in the workplace;
• get, hold and progress in a job, whatever their age, ability or background;
• increase the amount they earn across their working lives;
• improve their well-being through doing a job they are good at and enjoy.
6. This is an ambitious plan, but one that can be delivered by a strong partnership between Government, employers, the education sector and the careers community. Everyone has an important contribution to make if we are to create a level playing field of opportunity and to build a country that works for everyone.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents – GOV.UK