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£380m spent on careers advice has had ‘no impact’

Five-year-old National Careers Service could actually be worsening job prospects

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In 2012, the National Careers Service (NCS) was launched to provide young people with the support, information and guidance that they need to gain employment. As model-turned-chef Lorraine Pascale put it at the service’s launch: “I’d encourage everyone to make the most of the NCS to find out how to take their career forward and realise their ambitions.”

But five years on and £380 million in government funding later, researchers evaluating the effectiveness of the NCS have found that the service does not in fact have any positive effect on people’s chances of finding a job.

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