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Careers advice body for schools

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that the Department for Education is to establish a careers advice company in a bid to improve the quality of guidance services in schools and colleges.

The aim of the company will be to help 12- to 18-year-olds have greater access to high-quality careers advice and for them to be mentored by local employers.

The new independent body will broker relationships between employers and schools and colleges and will work closely with the national careers service.

Christine Hodgson, currently chair of business consultancy organisation Capgemini UK, is to lead the company when it launches in spring 2015 following a £5m investment by government.

Morgan’s announcement comes eight months after the DfE placed a duty on schools to secure independent careers advice for all 13- to 18-year-olds.

The revised guidance, which also requires schools to provide opportunities for pupils to be mentored by local businesses, was produced after widespread criticism of careers guidance services in schools and colleges.

Morgan said “This will benefit young people across the country and ensure they leave school fully prepared for life in modern Britain. We know that the ultimate success of our long-term economic plan for this country rests on their shoulders and we are backing them every step of the way.”