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An Informed Choice: A Road Map for Improving Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Across the UK

A briefing paper on STEM 7 IAG from the Engineering and Technology Board

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Jenny Bimrose
16 September 2009

I have pleasure in attaching for your information a briefing paper which focuses on current policy and practice relating to careers Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) in schools, and examines major inconsistencies in provision across the UK, paying particular attention to why this is important for progression into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs.

 In order to build a prosperous and successful economy and ensure improved levels of achievement and aspiration across the UK, it is critical that all individuals including those who advise them formally or informally, are able to make an informed career choice and have access to accurate and robust information to help them do so. The paper makes several calls for a number of improvements including: regular OFSTED monitoring of careers IAG provision; implementation of the recommended priorities for action that emerged from the LLUK & UKCES report Skills Needs and Training Supply for Career Guidance – a Gap Analysis; the mandatory provision of careers education as part of PSHE lessons in England, improved access to information in primary schools and upwards, and access to resources for teachers, careers advisors and parents in order to bring careers IAG up to desirable and consistent levels across the board.

I hope that this briefing paper will be of interest to you and your colleagues, a copy of this paper will be available at,+Advice+and+Guidance+(IAG)+Across+the+UK&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk. If you have any comments on this paper or would like future briefing papers sent to additional colleagues, please send details to

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