Labour pledges face-to-face careers advice for teens

If Labour wins the election, children from the age of 11 will be guaranteed face-to-face individual careers advice.

The new proposals would cost around £50m and would be funded through a partnership between universities, schools, colleges and employers. The money will be used to ensure trained careers advisers are available to all schoolchildren, so they are aware of high-quality apprenticeships as well as traditional university routes.

Labour also promises that schools will be held to account for their careers advice.

Ed Miliband said: “Young people must be equipped with the right skills, the right knowledge and the right advice they need to succeed. Failure to do this will not only cheat our young people of a decent future, it will cheat our country too.”