ATL comment on fund to help young people’s careers prospects
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: We welcome the work the Careers Enterprise Company has done with its research to identify the cold spots across England where young people are missing out on the support they need.
“ATL’s manifesto called for financial support and excellent careers information for young people to help their transition from school to further and higher education, and to the world of work, and this £5 million investment fund to help improve life chances of young people is, at least, a step in the right direction.
“However, as an employer-led organisation, the Company can only solve part of the problem. We have said time and again that the Government must provide high-quality, independent, face-to-face advice, careers information and guidance to all students studying at school or college.
“The current system does not work and support needs to be rebuilt in order to provide a network of careers professionals in schools, excellent CPD provision for teachers and lecturers, and strong partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and other stakeholders.”