Every day at MiddletonMurray I meet young people who were prevented from starting their dream careers because they didn’t know where to start or lacked the confidence to seek advice. This is devastating for any young person setting out in life and the missing talent is detrimental to the UK’s economy. So what is the answer? I believe that it is a radical overhaul of careers advice.
A poll of our learners at MiddletonMurray found that nearly 30% hadn’t received any careers advice, and of those that had, nearly 60% said that it was ‘not very useful’. Clearly, the current system isn’t working.
I am launching the Limitless campaign to call for world-leading careers advice. I recognise the positive steps forward that the government has taken in this area, but I believe that we need a considerably more ambitious approach.
The Limitless manifesto sets out 5 key points, which I believe will positively transform careers education in this country:
- Careers advice is failing – too many young people are leaving school without being fully aware of their options. This can mean that many don’t take that vital first step on the career ladder, or accept a job that isn’t suitable for them, causing problems longer term.
- Schools should no longer deliver the bulk of careers advice. Delivery by those with first-hand knowledge such as employers and training providers should be the norm, unburdening teachers so that they can concentrate on delivering the rest of the curriculum.
- Careers advice should be free and open to all, regardless of age and employment status. Those in need of careers advice aren’t just young people, but those in the middle of their career looking for a change, or even pensionable age looking to boost their income.
- Careers advice should adapt to fit the jobs of the future: there is no point encouraging people to go into a job that will not exist in ten years’ time.
- To be more accessible, careers advice should be delivered more innovatively: it is essential that comprehensive information is able to be accessed on all of the platforms people frequently use in their everyday lives, for example social networks, podcasts (such as my free ‘iwant2ba’ podcast), or YouTube (e.g. my free vlog).