Career Readiness / Vocational In April 2017, the DfE published statutory guidance on Careers education. In it, Governors are made responsible for providing independent careers advice for pupils from year 8 to year 13. Governors must ensure that the independent advice: Is presented in an impartial manner includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways Is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given. For successful career readiness: Strong school leadership is crucial to raising the aspirations of all pupils, encouraging them to overcome barriers to success and to do what it takes to fulfil their potential Advice is distinctive to the needs of individual pupils so the school’s overall strategy should be shaped accordingly Strong links are made with local employers Pupils are made aware of the importance of STEM subjects in widening career opportunities, and the necessity of obtaining national standards in English and mathematics for future training. Modern careers guidance is as much about inspiration and aspiration as it is about advice. This is achieved through sustained and varied contacts with employer networks, FE colleges, higher education institutions, mentors, coaches, alumni or other high achieving individuals.