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Integrated Careers Service consultation

Tower Hamlets Careers Service currently has a base at Bow Road. It offers service users drop-in sessions and fixed appointments at the premises in Bow Road or in schools, colleges and community locations.

Services on offer include:

  • careers information advice and guidance
  • support to access jobs
  • training
  • further and higher education opportunities  plus
  • computer facilities and a careers library.

The Careers Service delivers a range of statutory duties focusing on vulnerable young people including:

  • supporting young people (13-19 and up to 25 with Special Educational Needs) who are or who are, or are at risk of becoming, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to ensure they progress on to further education ,training and work
  • contributing to Education Health and Care plans for young people with Special needs and Personal Education Plans for Looked After Children. 

The Careers Service provides independent impartial careers information advice and guidance for residents aged 13-19 and up to 25 with Special Educational Needs and students in schools and college in Tower Hamlets.

Legislative changes mean that it is now the duty of schools and colleges to secure independent impartial careers guidance. The  local authority’s statutory duty is to support vulnerable young people to prevent them becoming NEET.

What we are proposing to change?

We propose: 

  • to re-locate the Careers Service to a new location in the borough (yet to be determined)   
  • to concentrate careers delivery from our centre, schools, college and other venues to provide  support for vulnerable young people
  • to offer schools and colleges the option to buy in specialist careers advice from the service as required.

What services will look like if these changes go ahead 

  • The Careers Service will move from Bow Road to share accommodation with a similar service. It will still offer service users drop-in careers sessions, appointment based careers sessions, computer facilities and a careers library for service users from schools, college youth centres, community centres and other locations around the borough
  • The statutory duty to support vulnerable young people to progress into further education, training or work will continue to be delivered.
  • Careers advice will be focused on vulnerable young people from our centre and community venues, in school and college. Schools and the college will be supported to take up their statutory duty to secure independent careers guidance. 

Where a school or college wants to buy in specialist careers advice from the council we will seek to work with them. 

For more information about this proposal, view the full report.