Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to face MPs on careers advice

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is set to be grilled by MPs over the government’s record on careers advice.

She is due before the House of Commons Education Committee on Wednesday, January 7, for a one-off session exploring government action on the issue.

The committee is expected to follow-up on its January 2013 report on careers advice, which warned it had “concerns about the consistency, quality, independence and impartiality of careers guidance now being offered to young people.” The report also said the decision to make schools responsible for careers guidance in 2011 was “regrettable”.

The government, at the time, argued that changes needed more time to “bed in and evolve,” but Ms Morgan will be expected to account for progress since the committee’s report.

News of Ms Morgan’s appearance before the committee, announced today, comes after she revealed plans for a dedicated careers company to support schools in offering careers advice and broker relationships between schools and employers.

The company is expected to be funded initially through the £20m set aside by Chancellor George Osborne in this year’s autumn statement but will eventually form a £5m investment fund to support its work.

Ms Morgan appeared in front of the committee earlier this month as part of its investigation into exams for 15 to 19-year-olds in England on Wednesday (December 3).