Hartlepool MP backs plans to boost career opportunities for next generation of job-hunters

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright has thrown his support behind a parliamentary bid to provide better career advice for the next generation of workers.

A committee of MPs has launched an inquiry into careers advice amid worries that current provision often seems "patchy and complex".

The newly-formed Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy will look at how effective careers advice is in helping people into apprenticeships, as well as the state of the service in schools.

Labour MP Iain Wright, who co-chairs the committee, said: "Ensuring young people have access to good quality careers information, advice and guidance is crucial to social mobility.

"As a new committee, we are clear that education and skills policy has a crucial role to play in boosting our nation's economy and that there should be a closer alignment between the needs of business and the skills our education system provides our young people.

"Whitehall has too much of a silo-mentality, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education doing little to demonstrate joined-up thinking."

MP Neil Carmichael (Conservative, Stroud), who chairs the committee, said: "Good quality careers advice is exceptionally important but current provision often seems patchy and complex, falling short in providing young people with comprehensive advice about the range of career opportunities available.