Today was a good news day in CEIAG world. At the Autumn Statement to the House of Commons, George Osborne pulled a Careers rabbit out of the hat and promised a £20 million cash injection into Careers advice for young people.
added to the recent contract changes to the National Careers Service and the funding equivalence involved (5% of about £109.5m)
it is great to see this vital work with young people getting cash backing. It was certainly welcomed by the National Careers Council
NCC chairwoman Deirdre Hughes said: “It is great to see the government recognising that more needs to be done to support young people with career decisions.
“This is an important step in the right direction. The key will be how the funds will be used to have the greatest impact and I will be very interested to see how the plans unfold.
“It would always be good to have more money. One of our three options we gave to government to improve services was costed at £17.5 million, so £20 million is a good step.”
So does that mean that George was all
and we’re all going to be
Well no, not quite. Cast your mind back to the Gatsby Foundation report which asked Price Waterhouse Coopers to cost a comprehensive and quality school Careers program. Their conclusion was, “that the total cost of achieving all the benchmarks in a typical school will be £53,637 in the first year and £44,676 per annum thereafter.” Their costing for all secondary schools in England to achieve the benchmarks would then be, “£172 million per year from the second year onwards.”
Of course asking for around another £150m when you’ve just been given £20m seems churlish and unhelpful but, we should remember that this funding promise is just a start and that £20m will have to be spent extremely prudently for discernible impacts to be felt.