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Careers Education, Advice & Guidance

During your apprenticeship training, or when you have become qualified, you may want to know what more you can do - either learning new skills in a different subject or gaining higher-level skills by taking a course at a college or university. While you are training, your training provider has a duty to provide you with information, advice and guidance, including help with what you can do next. However, not all do this.

Careers education, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in England is undergoing considerable change, Connexions, the service for advice and guidance for young people, was dissolved by the Coalition Government and the function of careers guidance was given to schools and colleges.

However, there is no longer a statutory responsibility for CEIAG, and there are now fewer qualified careers guidance advisors remaining. Although schools have a duty to provide independent information and advice, ie by an external provider, they will not receive any additional funds for the provision of this service.

It is thought that many schools will probably no longer be able to offer one-to-one advice to all.

The Coalition Government introduced a new all-age National Careers Service, which, in theory, is accessible to both young people and adults. However, most people will only be able to access telephone and on-line help.

The careers guidance service for adults, previously provided by NextStep, no longer exists but advice now continues under the new National Careers Service umbrella.

So - if you want careers guidance, from September 2012, the main ‘port of call’ became the National Careers Service for both young people and adults. Schools are responsible for securing access to independent, impartial, careers guidance for their pupils. Good schools may well offer one-to-one advice, and this may well include information about Apprenticeships. Other schools may just signpost you to the information available on the internet, an example of which can be found by clicking here. You will be able to talk to qualified careers advisors about your options between 08.00 and 22.00. There are also the facilities for email advice, webchats or texting. If you want to phone an adviser the telephone number is 0800 100 900.

Once you leave school you should be able to get help from your local college, otherwise it’s the National Careers Service

In September 2013, Ofsted confirmed, as a result of a sample of schools, that the delivery of careers advice in schools was poor and that “Vocational training and apprenticeships were rarely promoted effectively, especially in schools with sixth forms”.

The Government response was that it was re-contracting the whole service for October 2014. And, as a result it would reshape and reprioritise what will be available for young people, schools and employers.

There are some Connexions offices still working in the Sheffield City Region and the links to these and other careers advice centres are shown below.