careersnursingCareers guidance for young people in England is 'heading towards a cliff edge', warns a director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Neil Carberry, director for employment and skills policy at the leading business organisation, said: “Advice is scarce for young people not interested in being funnelled towards A Levels and university and exciting, potential life-changing career alternatives are being lost.”

Its survey of 2,000 14 to 25-year-olds, conducted using the LifeSkills Youth Barometer – an education programme created with Barclays to provide work opportunities for young people, revealed:
· Just 26% of young people received information on apprenticeships
· Only 17% were told what vocational qualifications were available
· Only 9% of respondents got necessary information on how to start your own business,
· Just 12% were told how to go about working for a small company
· One in ten received no advice on what options were available.

Mr Carberry added: “There is a worrying shortage of skills in some of our key industries and if we don’t give young people the information they need to find apprenticeships or sign up to high-quality vocational training, this will only get worse.”

This report is the latest voicing ongoing concerns. In January, the Education Select Committee warned of problems with the “quality, independence and impartiality” of current careers advice, with a “worrying deterioration” for services for young people in England. The National Careers Council has also stated that careers advice needs a major upgrade.

For further information about LifeSkills visit www.barclayslifeskills.com