By Maximilian Clarke

Skills Minister John Hayes has today (Wednesday) unveiled a new standard to assure consistency and quality in careers advice for young people, ahead of the new National Careers Service which launches next April.

National Careers Service providers will now be assessed against a range of criteria including service delivery, quality improvement, resources and leadership and management in an effort to assure people about the quality of careers they receive.

The announcement comes on the same day that the Office for National Statistics confirmed a surge in youth unemployment, which now threatens to cross the 1,000,000 mark. 1 in 5 16-24 year-olds are now jobless, exacerbating inequalities in society and prompting fears of a ‘lost generation’. Addressing the careers service whilst the UK is shedding an estimated 15,000 jobs will likely expose the minister to criticism.

“High quality careers advice and guidance can make a real difference to people’s lives. It promotes social mobility and helps people make the educational, training and work choices that get them onto the right path in life,” said Minister Hayes.

“The Matrix Standard will guarantee the quality of the work of the new National Careers Service.”

Mr Hayes will make the announcement at the official launch of the updated Matrix Standard in London later today. It has been developed by a range of experts and in consultation with the careers guidance sector. The Derby based standards accreditation experts Emcq Limited are responsible for managing the assessment and accreditation process and managed the trial of the new standard.


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