By Maximilian Clarke

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) are added its voice to a campaign to protect the delivery of careers guidance in schools.

Highlighting the impact that careers guidance has on preparing young people for the world of work, the REC called on the Government to ensure that the statutory entitlement to work-related learning at Key Stage 4 remains.

“Effective and targeted careers advice is a crucial component in helping young people access the jobs market,” said Ed McRandal, REC Policy Advisor responsible for youth unemployment. “This is not just important for young people but for businesses too, as employers regularly complain that school leavers do not understand their responsibilities in the world of work.

“Without targeted support and guidance we risk sending young people into the jobs market blindfolded, starting their career in the worst possible way. With youth unemployment hitting the one million mark, we need a targeted program of support which can help prepare candidates and guide them towards the position that is right for them."


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