The skills and apprenticeships minster has warned there is “clearly something wrong” with schools where “not enough” good careers advice is delivered as he launched the government’s ‘comprehensive careers strategy’. But Robert Halfon dismissed that funding was the sole issue, claiming instead it was due to the way a “school chooses to spend” their money. Halfon made the comments during a speech today at Westminster Academy, where he laid out plans to make careers guidance a “significant part” in the government’s industrial strategy set out in its green paper last week. He said the government will now create a “comprehensive careers strategy” – initially promised by the last government in 2015 – but said “the facts are” that students “are not getting enough good careers advice on skills and apprenticeships” from schools and they need to “do more”. “Wherever I go I meet apprentices and when I’m in a room with say 30 of them I will ask all of them every time ‘did you get careers advice about doing an apprenticeship?’ And the majority of the time they didn’t. Clearly there is something wrong,” Halfon said. Halfon claimed that the majority of schools were too focussed on getting pupils…http://schoolsweek.co.uk/poor-careers-advice-due-to-spending-decisions-by-school-leaders-skills-minister-claims/
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