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New strategy for Careers Education and Guidance launched

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Employment and Learning Minister Dr Farry and Education Minister John O’Dowd today launched ‘Preparing for Success 2015-2020 – A Strategy for Careers Education and Guidance’.

‘Preparing for Success 2015-2020’ sets out the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department of Education’s strategic vision for Careers Education and Guidance for the next five years.

Minister Farry said: “This strategy provides the future direction of Careers Education and Guidance for the next five years and sets out the vision, aims, policy commitments and key actions to ensure delivery.

“Through the implementation of the Careers Strategy and associated action plan, young people and adults will get the help they need to make informed careers choices enabling them to fulfil their potential. The careers system will raise awareness of the skills and qualifications most valued by employers, helping to address skills gaps and support economic growth.

“My Department will be taking forward a series of projects over the next year, including the introduction of a statutory duty to ensure the provision of impartial careers guidance and the development of a quality assurance and accountability framework for the careers system. By this time next year, these measures will: enhance the existing provision, making best use of technology; provide more support for parents and for those with additional needs and disabilities; and provide employers and young people with a more streamlined method of organising and accessing work experience opportunities.

“The careers system will continue to support all individuals, irrespective of age or ability, from young people in school, those wishing to join the labour market, those in employment needing advice on upskilling or reskilling and those facing redundancy or unemployment.”

Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “The quality of careers education in schools has improved significantly in recent years, but there is always room for improvement, and I am confident that through the implementation of the Careers Strategy we can further enhance and improve our careers system, and ultimately the life chances of our young people.

“Our priority is to open pathways and possibilities for young people, no matter what their ability, and support them as they work through a period in their lives when they are discovering who they are and what they want to do.

“Careers education in schools is about equipping young people to manage their own careers in a fast changing world; helping them become good careers decision-makers, to gain an understanding of the world of work, to provide them with the skills to secure employment and become successful employees and employers.”

The Preparing for Success 2015-2020 Strategy and the Action plan for 2015-2017 can be accessed on: https://www.delni.gov.uk/publications/preparing-success.

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