Training providers welcome proposed boost to NCS role in careers advice

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has welcomed Labour’s commitment to ‘gold standard vocational learning’ in the party’s education manifesto.

AELP is pleased that Labour has decided to focus resources around the National Careers Service to improve the quality of careers guidance in schools. The measure should help underpin the statutory requirements that schools already have to provide independent and impartial advice on all post-16 options, including apprenticeships.

AELP CEO Stewart Segal said: “We share the view of CBI, Unionlearn and the Commons Education Committee that high quality level 2 apprenticeships should remain part of the programme because they offer a ladder of opportunity to further progression. It is also important that a new government regards apprenticeships not simply as a tool for solving youth unemployment but as a programme for improving the skills of those in employment.

“Traineeships offer young people a route to employment as well as acting as a progression route to an apprenticeship and we should work with government and employers to build on the early success of this programme.”