Careers advice is good in parts

16th February 2001 at 00:00
I was disappointed on reading of Wendy Alexander's proposal (TESS, January 19) for a national careers service that no mention was made of the minister's recognition of the excellent practice and service level that is currently provided in some careers company areas. This does a disservice to staff who have worked well within the company framework which the last Government put in place.

Both the Duffner review committee report, on which the Executive's proposals are based, and the Executive's response, referred to the excellent quality commitment and effectiveness of career guidance practice seen in many parts of Scotland. Variations do, however, exist and we welcome the propsal to create an organisation which can make the most of opportunities for synergy and economies of scale.

The Executive's intention to fold education business partnerships, adult guidance networks and local learning partnerships into Careers Scotland similarly reflects a desire for coherence of national provision.

Your article gave a very negative impression of the quality of service being given by all the above organisations - this is a very unfair portrayal of people who have operated very effectively within a cluttered and non-standardised organisational environment not of their own making.

Christina Allon Chief executive, Grampian Careers, Aberdeen

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