All primary schools will be able to offer tailored careers activities to their pupils, the education secretary has vowed.
Damian Hinds said that the Department for Education was working with industry to make first-class careers learning a reality in all primary schools.
According to the DfE’s research, 96 per cent of primary schools currently offer tailored career activities to pupils.
Mr Hinds said: “Careers advice has thankfully moved on from my school days, where I once did a multiple-choice test and was told I should work in catering.
“Good careers education is such a valuable asset that will help children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy, rewarding lives. I’m pleased to know that so many primary school pupils have access to career-related learning to expand their ideas of who they could become in the future.
“But we want to make sure that support is available to everyone and that it’s of the highest standard, so that is why we are working with industry experts to produce support for primary schools.”
The Careers & Enterprise Company is investing £2 million to develop and extend career-related learning in primary schools. A series of organisations have submitted bids for grants from the fund and the CEC will announce successful applicants later this year.
It will also soon announce the successful applicants from a £2.5 million pot of funding to help develop models for effective personal careers guidance in secondary school, and the successful applicants from a separate £2.5 million pot to develop models to help pupils benefit from effective encounters with employers.