The role of information, advice and guidance in young people’s education and employment choices

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DatePublished - 1 Sep 2010
Number of pages107
PublisherDepartment for Education
VolumeDFE-RR019
Original languageEnglish

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Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CE/IAG) provided to students before the end of compulsory school may be essential to allow them to make suitable educational and employment decisions and to minimise the potential costs associated with uninformed and unsuccessful choices. Good CE/IAG can be thought of as aiming to meet two objectives. The first aim is to increase the stock of highly qualified and highly skilled people in the British workforce. The second aim is to encourage disadvantaged young people to aim high. Young people can obtain CE/IAG from three main sources: from their family, from their school, or from the specialised Connexions service. This paper reports the findings of research designed to estimate how much difference the availability of CE/IAG makes to young people‟s attitudes to school and expectations for post-16 activities, which we call opinions, and to the actual decisions they take after reaching the minimum school-leaving age.

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