Primary children 'to receive careers advice'
October 26 2009
Teachers of primary school children in various regions across the UK are set to trial a new government scheme that will offer young people careers advice.
The new scheme is designed to raise the aspirations of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them a taste of work at an early age.
Schools secretary Ed Balls confirmed the new scheme, noting that careers advice could be offered through a range of media, including social networking sites.
The move is part of a drive to tackle the concern that it is only children from middle-class families who have access to the best employment opportunities.
"I want this generation of young people to be able to look back and say their careers advice and guidance was relevant and gave them informed options," Mr Balls said.
Careers advice would also continue until the age of 18 - giving pupils a number of years of formal careers advice contact.
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