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Save Careers and Connexions Services

Unemployment amongst 16 to 25 year olds in the UK has reached record levels with more than a million young people struggling to find work; yet, following cuts to the Connexions service, thousands of young people across the UK now have either very limited or no access to face-to-face career guidance, a situation caused directly by the Government's decision to place the statutory duty to ensure impartial careers guidance on schools, who have been given no additional funds to deliver such important services; and calls on the Government to reverse its policy and instead to provide sufficient funding to the Careers and Connexions Service to help our young people plan and organise their futures.

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      • Anne NichollsAnne Nicholls commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Institute of Career Guidance has launched their own campaign 'Action on Careers' which is urging government to invest in career guidance instead of cutting services. The Connexions service has been cut back, leaving schools with the responsiblity for career guidance for pupils but with no extra money to buy in careers advisers. This campaign is all about maing people aware of the crucial importance of career guidance. This is as important as consulting a doctor about your health and should be free to everyone. To sign up to the campaign follow this link

        http://www.icg-uk.org/action_on_careers.html

      • Zoe BremerZoe Bremer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My own experience of Connexions is mixed. I offered to provide information on some arts training that is provided free of charge in many towns in England and one or two places in Wales and Scotland. Young people are especially welcome and scholarships cover the cost of the training schools and mentoring scheme. The training leads to a lifelong career. Did they want to know? No. They'd rather see their clients out of work.

      • Philip SlaneyPhilip Slaney commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is essential that the Government recognises the need of providing an impartial Careers Service for all young people and adults with funding for face to face sevices and not just an on-line or telephone service. Without this our society and ecomomy will suffer.

      • Sue McQuaySue McQuay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With nearly 1 million young people unemployed isn't it time the govt thought about providing advice for realistic future planning from professionally qualified advisers?

      • Kev WhelanKev Whelan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We have now been given our Section 188...it is understood that Birmingham (the 2nd City) will probably have just 70 staff within CNXS. This situation is really appalling, for goodness sakes!

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's political chess. Without Connexions to count accurately - the figures are not accurate. The 'record figures of youth unemployed' do not include the majority of 16 - 18 year old who are NEET as there are few PAs left to track them and they don't sign on. Manipulation/misinterpretation of figures pure and simple.

      • Deborah Deborah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Government do not appear to be at all bothered that they are negatively affecting so many lives by cutting funding to the Careers/Connexions Service. They need to take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to pass it off to local governent. Local government in some places are doing their best to try and keep a post 16 service going but if they are not given ring fenced funding from government their hands are very much tied. The Dibdems are so busy trashing anything that looked like a Labour intiative that they are prepared to put young peoples lives at risk. Not all young people are in a special needs category they are just young people needing support to access housing, benefits etc. Not allyoung people come from a supportive caring environment and its time the Government recognised this and put their money where their mouth is. The National Careers Service needs to be a joined up service delivering the complete package of careers advice and support to 13 to 19 year olds - not the splintered service currently proposed.

      • Deborah Deborah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Government do not appear to be at all bothered that they are negatively affecting so many lives by cutting funding to the Careers/Connexions Service. They need to take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to pass it off to local governent. Local government in some places are doing their best to try and keep a post 16 service going but if they are not given ring fenced funding from government their hands are very much tied. The Dibdems are so busy trashing anything that looked like a Labour intiative that they are prepared to put young peoples lives at risk. Not all young people are in a special needs category they are just young people needing support to access housing, benefits etc. Not allyoung people come from a supportive caring environment and its time the Government recognised this and put their money where their mouth is. The National Careers Service needs to be a joined up service delivering the complete package of careers advice and support to 13 to 19 year olds - not the splintered service currently proposed.

      • Deborah Deborah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Government do not appear to be at all bothered that they are negatively affecting so many lives by cutting funding to the Careers/Connexions Service. They need to take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to pass it off to local governent. Local government in some places are doing their best to try and keep a post 16 service going but if they are not given ring fenced funding from government their hands are very much tied. The Dibdems are so busy trashing anything that looked like a Labour intiative that they are prepared to put young peoples lives at risk. Not all young people are in a special needs category they are just young people needing support to access housing, benefits etc. Not allyoung people come from a supportive caring environment and its time the Government recognised this and put their money where their mouth is. The National Careers Service needs to be a joined up service delivering the complete package of careers advice and support to 13 to 19 year olds - not the splintered service currently proposed.

      • Deborah Deborah commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Government do not appear to be at all bothered that they are negatively affecting so many lives by cutting funding to the Careers/Connexions Service. They need to take responsibility for their actions instead of trying to pass it off to local governent. Local government in some places are doing their best to try and keep a post 16 service going but if they are not given ring fenced funding from government their hands are very much tied. The Dibdems are so busy trashing anything that looked like a Labour intiative that they are prepared to put young peoples lives at risk. Not all young people are in a special needs category they are just young people needing support to access housing, benefits etc. Not allyoung people come from a supportive caring environment and its time the Government recognised this and put their money where their mouth is. The National Careers Service needs to be a joined up service delivering the complete package of careers advice and support to 13 to 19 year olds - not the splintered service currently proposed.

      • Gill KennettGill Kennett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The children and young people are the future. How can this government treat them with such little regard? Many of the youngsters using these service's have had very few life chances and need the support and guidance that this service gives them to enable them to try and break the cycle of deprivation they are in. This government is asking “what makes people happy” and blaming them for not having an investment in their country. For goodness sake ‘GIVE THEM A BREAK’, don’t take away ALL HOPE, save the careers and connexions services.

      • Diane AyreDiane Ayre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We NEED this service for our young people, this is a vital part of a young person's life when they leave school.
        Whats all this about online services, some young people cannot even turn on a computer, i work with a young person that comes to me and asks what things mean. She had to send a CV of for a job app and she couldn't even do that, lucky i knew, but some parents do not even have a computer..... This is Wrong, we cannot LOSE this service.........;

      • AdeAde commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Connexsions is vital for the youth to succeed, and get the guidance they need, this is another example of this morally bankrupt governments attitude towards working class children and young people, shame on them, but you dont need careers advise when you have the correct old school tie and daddy will introduce you to his friends in the city etc.

      • DavidDavid commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Young people need the advice and guidance that Connexions offer, now more than ever with youth unemployment rising.

      • HelenHelen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The Connexions/Careers Service is vital to support young people both in school and those that have left, in to a positive career and to support all young people and their family in these times of need when youth unemployment is rising.

      • Emma WalkerEmma Walker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In the current economic situation, advice and guidance services are more important than ever for supporting young people. The cuts are a disgrace.

      • Paul WalkerPaul Walker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        £9,000 tuition fees, massive unemployment, its just not right to cut advice and guidance services to young people.

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