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Higher Education: Vocational Guidance

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of careers guidance at each university. (170436)

It is for Universities to decide what Careers Service provision they choose to offer in light of their individual circumstances, and the needs of their student body. However, the ‘Delivering Quality’ report by the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (June 2005), found that careers education, information and guidance in higher education showed continued improvement. The majority of Higher Education Careers Advisory Services (HECASs) were accredited against the matrix standard which is a respected quality standard for information, advice and guidance services.