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Careers Advice

Volume 122: debated on Tuesday 10 November 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to encourage the improvement of careers advice offered by schools in Wales.

The Government recognise that it is of vital importance that the best and most up-to-date guidance on careers is brought to young people. That is why, last April, my right hon. Friend, in conjunction with my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Education and Science and for Employment, issued a document entitled "Working Together for a Better Future" to local education authorities, educational institutions and careers officers in England and Wales. Its aim is to raise the effectiveness of work in the careers education and guidance field generally.Authorities have been asked to review their current arrangements and policies for careers education, and to make an interim report to the Secretaries of State by 31 December 1987, and a written policy statement by 31 October 1988.