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There’s a job of work to be done

The government wants to improve careers education by encouraging schools to build closer links with businesses, but its Developing the Young Workforce scheme has been blighted by a lack of funding. Emma Seith investigates the barriers teachers must overcome to highlight opportunities and demonstrate to pupils – and their parents – that university isn’t the only route to success

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Bryan Maguire’s path to success was not a linear one. He messed up at university and then his girlfriend – now his wife of almost 40 years – became pregnant, which meant he dropped out in his first year.

Maguire, who was born and bred in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, did go back and get his qualifications, fitting in study alongside work. But this took him over a decade and meant that he didn’t see much of his children when they were small, he says. Now, he is the chief operating officer of iQor, a multimillion-pound technology business based in Florida, with a presence in 18 countries. The ...

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