A new careers and enterprise company has been created to ensure pupils have access to better advice about the opportunities on offer in the employment market.
The creation of the new body forms part of the government's plan to ensure schools, employers and colleges work together to give every young person in the country outstanding careers advice, guidance and inspiration.
It will focus on young people aged between 12 and 18, providing them with support for decision-making and career development at every stage of school life.
The company is to run a £5 million investment fund to support and generate innovation in careers advice.
One of its responsibilities will be to monitor levels of engagement between businesses and schools around the country, stimulating greater interaction in areas where it is required.
Another will be to encourage youngsters to take part in activities that boost their employability through the use of the Enterprise Passport, which was provides a digital record of all extra-curricular and enterprise-related activities that students undertake.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan announced that the current chair of Capgemini UK, Christine Hodgson, will chair the organisation. Ms Hodgson has a strong record of developing new talent at CapGemini, employing apprentices and prioritising interactions with schools.
Extensive discussions with teacher representatives, employers and business organisations involved in careers advice and inspiration revealed the need for greater mediation in this area.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: "Employers are best placed to inspire our young people into the world of work. The new company will play a vital role in creating that bridge between businesses and schools and inspire young people with exciting career prospects."
Recently, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills published experimental data revealing how many learners went into further learning or employment, how many progressed in learning and what students went on to earn.
According to the research, the average earnings of an advanced apprenticeship in engineering increased from £24,800 one year after study to £30,300 three years after study.
Posted by Harriet McGowan