Cuts wrecking careers service

5th March 2004 at 00:00
Your article about careers guidance has made me extremely annoyed at what is being proposed. It is yet another nail in the coffin and will just about destroy the last vestiges of what was the old Careers Service.

This pre-Connexions service was respected for its sheer professionalism and integrity. It is now a mere shadow of its former self because of the way the Government has cut back on the careers guidance personal advisers (our new title) to fund the wider universal service. To add insult to injury, Mike Tomlinson accuses us of delivering a "targeted service" rather than a "universal entitlement".

Where has Mr Tomlinson been for the past few years? The way we now have to work is because of the policy of the Government and its intention to reduce the number of personal advisers (careers) to help fund more personal advisers (generic). My own authority, Hull, has been forced to reduce the number of advisers in the former category by a third.

Trevor Larsen

1, 40th Avenue

Kingston upon Hull

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today