A new Government scheme will provide “expert employment support” to young people in schools across England, it has been announced today.
The “Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools” initiative will offer 12 to 18 year old pupils “insight into the world of work and advice on options like traineeships and apprenticeships”.
Advisers will also offer information on “high quality work experience opportunities”, which the Government say would help young people “focus on gaining the skills and experience they need to get on in life”.
Each school will be allowed to decide what level of support advisers offer to their pupils, such as “one-to-one advice and group-led Q&A sessions”.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith said: “Extending Jobcentre support into schools will have a dramatic and enormously positive impact on young people’s prospects – helping to ensure that the transition from school to their next pursuit is a smooth and positive one.
“This scheme is fundamentally about social mobility and social justice – ensuring we give all young people the best chance to get on in life.
“I have boundless ambition for this country’s young people, and through this scheme we will support them to achieve their full potential.”
Employment Minister Priti Patel added: “We want every young person, regardless of their background, to be able to get on and reach their full potential – and my mission is to make sure they get every opportunity to do so.
“That is why we are focusing on quality early years childcare, education and making sure every young person is either earning or learning – so that they get the best start in life.
“I am proud that our local Jobcentre Plus advisers are on hand to give pupils extra support to help them make the best choices for their future.”
The NASUWT teaching union welcomed the announcement, but warned that it “would need to be part of an overall strategy of careers education and guidance – and it will also need to be realised these things cannot be done on the cheap.”
Holy Trinity Catholic School in Birmingham will be the first to take part in the scheme, before it is rolled out further across England in September.