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How effective is the careers advice given in schools?

Tuesday 22 June

At what age should young people begin to be taught about careers? Are young people told enough about technical pathways post-16? What role does STEM education play in equipping young people with the skills for future economic needs?

These are some of the questions the House of Lords Youth Unemployment Committee will be asking two panels of witnesses on Thursday 24 June 2021.

These evidence sessions will be held remotely and streamed on Parliament TV.

At 10.15am the committee will hear from:

  • Oli de Botton – Chief Executive, Careers & Enterprise Company
  • Ryan Gibson – National Careers Champion, Academies Enterprise Trust
  • Professor Sir John Holman – Emeritus Professor, University of York.

At 11.15am the committee will hear from:

  • Jennifer Coupland – Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)
  • Tom Dower – Principal, UTC South Durham
  • Tony Ryan – Chief Executive, Design and Technology Association.

Other topics the committee is likely to cover include:

  • How successful the rollout of the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance has been so far.
  • The role of employers in engaging with careers education.
  • The effectiveness of the Careers Hub model.           
  • How to reverse the decline in the number of young people doing apprenticeships.
  • How successful the inaugural year of T Levels has been, and what the future looks like.
  • The success of alternative models of delivering technical education at institutions like University Technical Colleges (UTCs).

More on this inquiry

Last week the committee took evidence from: Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute; Tony Wilson, Institute Director, Institute for Employment Studies; Professor Ewart Keep, Professor Emeritus, University of Oxford; and Professor Sandra McNally, Professor of Economics, University of Surrey. You can watch the sessions back on Parliament TV.

The committee’s work can be followed on its website and via Twitter.

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