A one million pound fund will offer the chance to test whether programmes such as CV clinics, work experience, or an online app are the best methods in delivering good careers education to young people.
The partnership between The Careers & Enterprise Company, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will trial these different approaches to determine which methods are the most likely to boost young people’s chances of securing a good job after finishing school.
Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “High-quality careers advice can make a real difference to young people’s outcomes after school, particularly those from disadvantaged homes.
“This important partnership between the EEF, the Careers & Enterprise Company and Bank of America Merrill Lynch will allow us to find out whether programmes such as work experience, CV clinics or an online app are the best way to help boost poorer young people’s employment prospects.”
The fund is part of a wider £5 million investment made by the Careers & Enterprise Company to boost
social mobility and help young people in greatest need of support.
It comes after a recently published Ofsted report found the majority of schools in England are failing to prepare students for the world of work through effective careers education.
Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We know that encounters with the world of work and careers support at school improve earnings and employment prospects for young people.
“This research will help us understand which type of encounters and support, in particular, has the greatest impact. Based on that insight we can use our investment fund to rapidly scale what works across England.
“We are delighted to be working with the Education Endowment Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a project which will provide concrete and needed help to young people across the country.”