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Inadequate careers guidance in many English schools is exacerbating skills shortages and having a negative impact on the country’s productivity, the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has concluded.
In the report of its inquiry into careers education, information, advice and guidance, the Sub-Committee urges the government to incentivise schools to improve, which includes Ofsted downgrading where careers provision is sub-standard.
The Sub-Committee found that too many young people are leaving education without having had the chance to fully consider their future options or how their skills and experiences fit with opportunities in the jobs market.
It also judged that a host of policy changes, initiatives and new bodies introduced in recent years have failed to make serious improvements and in some cases have even been counter-productive.
Report recommendations include: