Responding to the announcement by The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, on 02 October 2018 that the government will invest in careers education for young people, Matt Lent, Chief Executive Officer of Future First, said:
‘Future First welcomes the government announcement to grow the network of schools and colleges, doubling the number of areas and expanding the careers leaders training. This growth is vital in order to develop the very best careers advice, so that all young people get the guidance and support they need.
Funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Future First is the only charity working in secondary state schools and colleges in all 12 of the Department for Education’s ‘opportunity areas’, regions where careers advice is most needed, broadening state school students’ jobs horizons and helping them achieve academically.
Students cannot be what they cannot see. Too many young people don’t have access to role models who can show them the range of jobs available. By harnessing the wealth of talents and experience of volunteer alumni who return to the classroom as relatable, positive role models, schools open young people’s eyes to a world beyond their own and help them achieve career confidence by advising on the right steps to achieve success in their chosen field.
Future First has worked in more than a thousand state schools and colleges across Britain and urges the government to continue to prioritise careers support for schools, to enable every child to succeed regardless of their background.’
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