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Career Advice

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to improve career advice for girls. (75803)

[holding answer 12 June 2006]: The “Youth Matters: Next Steps” document, published on 8 March 2006, sets out proposals for improved information, advice and guidance for young people. It recognises the importance of access to individually tailored information, advice and guidance that challenges rather than perpetuates traditional stereotypes.

Central to improved information, advice and guidance will be the development of quality standards. The challenging of traditional stereotypes will be included in these standards. The Equal Opportunities Commission is represented on the Steering Group that is supporting the development of the standards.