Employers want radical overhaul of career guidance for students


The business organisation Ibec said the current system was not meeting the needs of people in an uncertain and rapidly changing workplace.
The business organisation Ibec said the current system was not meeting the needs of people in an uncertain and rapidly changing workplace.

Employers want a radical overhaul of career guidance for second-level pupils to include a new State-funded external advisory service to support what is already available in schools.

The business organisation Ibec said the current system was not meeting the needs of people in an uncertain and rapidly changing workplace, despite the commitment of careers guidance professionals.

It is now seeking the establishment of a network of regional offices, where careers specialists would meet students on a one-to-one basis to supplement the advice provided by guidance counsellors.

In a policy document published today, entitled ‘Informed Choices: Career Guidance in an Uncertain World’, Ibec calls for a re-imagined national careers guidance service – not only for schools but also for those who are already in jobs.

Ibec’s senior executive for labour market and skills policy, Kara McGann, said that better support for post-primary school career guidance was “particularly urgent” to help students to identify their interests, skills and competencies, manage transitions and make the appropriate decisions to meet their needs time and again.

Ibec suggested the service could be financed from the National Training Fund, into which employers pay about €450m a year.

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