As you will be aware the Government is committed to making sure that every young person leaves school or college prepared for life in modern Britain. We want young people to be inspired to pursue exciting careers, to have the skills to make them ready for the workplace and to acquire knowledge to assess the options available to them.
We want schools, colleges and employers to work more closely to provide outstanding careers guidance to every child, regardless of background.
To support this vision Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, has today announced that Christine Hodgson, Chair of Capgemini UK, has agreed to chair a new, independent careers and inspiration company, that will encourage greater collaboration between schools and employers.
The new company will act as an umbrella organisation to help employers, schools and colleges and other organisations navigate their way through the existing landscape. It will provide a vehicle to help other organisations coordinate their activities where appropriate. It will not itself be a direct delivery organisation, or act in competition with the many existing providers in the market. Instead it will help schools, colleges, organisations and employers work together in partnership.
The company will focus on the offer to young people, initially those aged 12 to 18. It will work closely with the National Careers Service, which will continue to support young people directly through its helpline and website and to help the company bring employers, schools and colleges together though its local brokerage role.
The new company will:
- Use relationships with employers – private, public and third sector – to break down barriers between schools and colleges on the one hand and employers on the other, and increase the level of employer input into careers, inspiration and enterprise in all schools and colleges. It will do this partly through a network of advisors who will broker strong and extensive links at local level.
- Assist schools and colleges in choosing effective careers and enterprise organisations to partner with, including considering the use of quality marks.
- Stimulate more and better activity in areas where the current provision is poorest. The company will administer a £5 million investment fund to support innovation and stimulate good practice.
- And last but not least, it will develop an Enterprise Passport to incentivise young people to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that boost their appeal to employers, as well as their enterprise skills.
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Participation and Careers Unit