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New bid to stop drop-outs

THE head of the new Government youth careers and advice service has pledged to tackle teenage failures and drop-outs.

However, Connexions chief executive Anne Weinstock moved to allay fears among staff and managers that the existing services would be downgraded. The service is to provide 13 to 19-year-olds with personal advisers.

In the week she took up the post, she prmised a central role for key players in reshaping the service, and a new professional career ladder.

Connexions' personal advisers were for all teenagers and not just the disaffected bottom 20 per cent, she stressed.

"What kids want is information and course knowledge, whatever their career choices," she said.

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