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Increased complexity and competition in education and labour markets means that most, if not all, young people would benefit from individual, face-to-face careers guidance to enable them to make informed decisions about future options based upon consideration of the wealth of information available from a range of sources and media. As highlighted in the statutory guidance, this is particularly crucial for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special educational needs. Face-to-face guidance with a qualified careers adviser will enable your pupils to review their circumstances, abilities, interests and aspirations as they make decisions about future education, training and work options.
Careers guidance can be more effective when your pupils have access to a programme of activities designed to help them gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to make best use of the information and advice provided. The statutory guidance suggests a number of appropriate activities. Resources and good practice examples are available to help you review and plan your careers programme, including the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for careers and work-related education.
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