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New careers advice company to make link between employers and education

A new careers and enterprise company is being created to help young people get the best careers advice and to inspire them about opportunities in employment, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced.

The company will be led by employers and be independent of Government, and seek to build partnerships between schools, colleges and employers to help young people make the right choices as they ready themselves for the workplace.

It will focus on those in the 12-to-18 age group, and aim to ensure that 'employers are supporting young people with decision-making and career development at every stage of school life'.

The DfE said that 'need for greater support and brokerage in this area' was identified following 'extensive discussions with teacher representatives, employers and business organisations'.

The company is expected to be up and running in spring 2015, and will manage a £5 million investment fund to 'support innovation and stimulate good practice'.

National database

In a related measure, the DfE is introducing a national database covering all types of further education and training courses for young people.

Information is also to be made available on employment outcomes for post-19 year olds once they have finished their further learning, including where they work and what they earn.

It's hoped that this will help young people make the right choices and 'maximise their chances of future job success'.

Acas publications and services

Acas has published pdf icon Managing Future Talent - A guide for employers [1Mb], which aims to share good practice about how to create a workplace in which young employees can thrive.

The pdf icon Recruiting staff guide [408kb] has all you need to know about recruitment, selection and implementation of induction programmes.

Acas experts can visit your organisation and review your existing recruitment and induction procedures. See Recruitment and Retention: how Acas can help for more details.

Acas also offers practical training on Recruitment, based on its own guidance, taking you through the legal and best practice elements of fair and effective recruitment.

For free, impartial advice and guidance visit Acas Helpline Online.

Visit the Acas Training Courses, Workshops and Projects area for more information.


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