TEENAGERS are to be nursed into adulthood by an army of 20,000 personal and professional advisers.
The new "Connexions" mentoring service for 13 to 19-year-olds will replace the existing "fragmented" careers advice and personal support networks from 2001, education secretary David Blunkett announced this week. Its advises will be expected to offer guidance on everything from girlfriend problems to A-level choices.
Mr Blunkett said the existing system passed vulnerable young people from pillar to post. The scheme will be piloted in Coventry, Warwickshire, Devon, Cornwall, Lewisham, Hampshire and Humberside.