All-age careers service to be launched



The first all-age careers service in England is to be set up next year, skills minister John Hayes has announced. 

The first all-age careers service in England is to be set up next year, skills minister John Hayes has announced. 
The Connexions service for young people and Next Step services for adults will be replaced by a ‘fully-joined up’ scheme for all age groups from September 2011.
Several Connexions offices around the country – designed to help youngsters aged 13-19 – have closed in the last few weeks amid protests.
Mr Hayes announced the new careers service plan at the Insititute of Careers Guidance (ICG) annual conference in Belfast.  It is to be fully operational by April 2012.
Wales and Scotland already have all-age careers services.
”Informed learners are empowered learners,” said Mr Hayes.  ”The right guidance at the right time not only helps young people and adults to progress in learning, but also increases their confidence and motivation to succeed.
”Careers guidance is at the heart of increasing social mobility, and a vital part of the machinery of social justice.
”I have long argued for the creation of an all-age careers service.  A unified, consistent service that offers seamless support to young people as they make the transition to adulthood and have a true focus on lifelong learning.”



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