A successful careers scheme
aimed at teenagers in Coventry and Warwickshire has been awarded £6.5m
to increase its services.
Connexions has been set up to
encourage 13 to 19-year-olds to stay in education and training, and to
help them prepare for the transition to work and adult life.
Sixteen partnerships in
England have been picked to receive the funding, with the rest of the
country gradually becoming involved. Coventry and Warwickshire has
been given an increase of £2.5m.
Ursula Russell, Chair of the
Careers Service National Association and Chair of Coventry and
Warwickshire Connexions pilot said:
"You can't give young
people a good service unless you join up. This is a wonderful
opportunity to create a network, where the net is so small that no
young person falls through.
“The challenge is to come
up with completely new models to deliver the service and the new
guidance will help partnerships deliver that vision."
David Blunkett, Secretary of
State for Education and Employment, said:
"Connexions is designed
to improve significantly the advice available to all young people
who are considering what to do in later life.
"It will provide an
improved universal careers service and will support young people in
schools and colleges as they make decisions about their future.
"We are ensuring that
Connexions is well funded to get off to the best possible start. All
teenagers will have access to Connexions, whether they are at
school, in further education, in or out of work.
"There will be extra
support for those young people who find it difficult to use the
usual sources of advice and have particular needs. All young people
who want such support will have access to a Personal Advisor who
will assess their individual needs and help them access specialist
"These will range from
support for homeless young people, to drug treatment provision, and
services for those leaving care. We are not prepared to tolerate a
lost generation of young people outside education, training or work."
Mr Blunkett added that young
people will be involved in designing and planning a service that meets
their needs following successful experiments in parts of the country
should help keep young people in education and training. By
introducing younger teenagers to Connexions and providing additional
support in schools alongside learning mentors, teachers are being
increasingly enabled to focus more on teaching rather than being