Tom Wylie's concerns regarding Connexions and youth work are understandable. I have less sympathy with his criticism of careers work. Perhaps he is unaware that all of the Careers Service budget will go directly to the new Connexions partnerships. This is not the case for the Youth Service which will continue to receive funding from education authorities. Also, not all youth workers will be expected to become personal advisers, wheras virtually all careers advisers are.
Put simply, careers advisers and the statutory Careers Service have a lot more to lose or gain than youth workers or the Youth Service. As a careers adviser I also look to Wales with a degree of envy. They are strengthening Careers Service provision and ensuring its coherence by establishing Careers Wales as a brand.
Andrew Macpherson Careers adviser 69 Dearings Road Rugby