HR Professionals to offer careers advice as part of CIPD’s initiative

Before the publication of the Ofsted review on Tuesday, CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, expressed concerns about the amount of careers advice young people receive.

CIPD research has found that lack of careers advice is preventing young people from landing work– by broadening the gap between young people and employers. 53% of employers feel young people they meet have not received enough careers advice.

The CIPD is tackling the issue with the Inspiring the Future initiative, which encourages its HR professionals to volunteer in schools to offer advice. Hundreds of HR professionals are already signed up and over the summer helped 2,000 school and college students with their CV and interview skills.

Katerina Rüdiger, Head of Skills and Policy Campaigns at the CIPD, said: “Employers and young people tell us that there are serious inadequacies with the level of careers advice and guidance being provided in our schools. Research with employers highlights that many see this as one of the main obstacles that young people face when looking for work. This is why, as part of the CIPD Learning to Work programme, we are encouraging HR professionals to volunteer to help young people bridge the gap between education and work. HR professionals are particularly well placed to help young people with their employability skills and it’s in employers’ interest to ensure that those leaving education are well prepared and excited about their future careers.

“Many employers are keen to engage with schools, and where possible, schools have a responsibility to open their doors to them. However, it is important to recognise that there are wider systemic issues at play – greater investment is needed so that every young person has access to an independent careers adviser. Schools should also be incentivised to embed careers advice and guidance into their teaching programmes via targets that measure this, not just academic exam results.” 

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