A second wave of ‘careers hubs’ is being rolled out over the next year, offering local, targeted careers advice and guidance to young people. The LGA is concerned the hubs will support only 1,300 schools and colleges and reach a fraction of young people, with many missing out on vital guidance – which could undermine their ability to make the right choice between academic and vocational routes.
It is calling on the next government to end the patchwork of careers activity in England by handing funding and control of national employment and skills schemes, including careers advice, to local areas. There are currently too many organisations and providers involved in careers provision, leading to a fragmented skills service.
Localised support would enable councils and combined authorities to develop an all-age careers service and help reduce the number of young people not in education, employment and training (NEET) – which has reached nearly 800,000 across the country.
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board, said: “Too many young people are not receiving the high-quality, impartial and personalised careers advice they deserve. This leaves too many youngsters making unsuitable career decisions, which have a potentially devastating impact on their future. Councils are best placed to tackle this.”