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National Careers Week: Portsmouth MP backs pledge to ensure young people leave education life-ready and job-ready

Stephen Morgan MP has backed plans to deliver professional careers guidance in schools to ensure young people leave education ready for work and ready for life, as the city marks National Careers Week.

 

Labour has committed to ensuring every young person gets professional information, advice and guidance on their future study and career options alongside two weeks’ worth of work experience while at secondary school, helping students to make informed choices about their future. 

 

The government cut back careers advice in 2011, despite headteachers warning it could leave two million young people with the support they need. Pre-pandemic data showed that this had left two thirds of young people without professional careers advice and almost half reporting that they felt unprepared for the future. 

 

Last month, the Conservatives voted against giving young people careers advice as part of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, blocking plans to ensure young people have the skills and support they need to succeed.

 

Alongside recruiting over a thousand new careers advisors for schools, Labour’s plan to ensure every young person leaves education ready for work and for life would embed digital and life skills across the curriculum and ensure all young people have access to laptops and technology, ensuring they have the skills they need to succeed and prosper. 

 

The Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“Careers guidance is essential to ensuring young people in Portsmouth and across the country are aware of the opportunities that are open to them and setting them on the path to success.

“Yet Conservatives MPs voted against Labour’s plans to reintroduce this essential support for young people after abolishing the former careers service.

“Labour is committed to ensuring that every child receives professional careers guidance, coupled with two weeks’ worth of work experience while at school, as part of our plans to ensure young people leave education ready for work and ready for life.”