The London Institute of Banking & Finance has called for a co-ordinated programme of careers support to address the UK’s skills gap.
Responding to a report published by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy
(PDF), Head of Careers Nadim Choudhury said:
“This discussion has been ongoing since 2010 (when Connexions was axed) and it seems that the government can’t make their mind up. The government desperately needs to implement a co-ordinated programme in order to address the skills gap.”
In the report, MPs warned
that careers information and advice is “patchy and often inadequate”, with too many teenagers leaving schools without the confidence to help them consider their future job options.
“People from less well-off backgrounds relied on services like these the most. There is still a big distinction between the support provided by state and independent schools, with pupils from independent schools benefitting from their school’s network in addition to more structured careers advice.
“Another issue is that there is no professional body overseeing career coaching qualifications. This coaching is often left to teachers and whilst there are a few qualifications out there, they are not mandatory.
“The government desperately needs to implement a co-ordinated programme in order to address the skills gap.”
Find out more information on The London Institute of Banking & Finance’s careers provision,