In the Education Select Committee this morning, talking about the role of universities in career guidance.
I spoke to the University of Suffolk about this on Friday, where we discussed how they are involved in early careers guidance with schools like Chantry Academy.
I asked about how we can make sure local universities play a positive and active role in linking young people to opportunities and that they give good careers guidance early on. We need universities to focus on enhancing employability of local people as well as supporting businesses rather than taking a ‘bums on seats’ profit orientated approach. The universities’ approach must include making students aware of all the available pathways, and promoting degree apprenticeships and technical skills. That being said, university isn’t for everyone and many can be very successful without attending.