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Career Services debate 1

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance said "this is the time for modernising Scotland's career services" and the government would deliver a "universal service for young people, during a debate on 6 December 2012.

Ms Constance said Skills Development Scotland's website My World of Work was "cutting edge" and provided a "wealth of information on the widest range of careers" and indeed courses to get to careers.

The minister said there had been a marginal increase in front line staff in schools dealing with career advice.

Labour MSP Neil Findlay said the reform was "misguided" and that the evidence was mounting that the "so called modernisation of the careers service" was cost cutting.

Mr Findlay said across Scotland "tens of thousands of young people are no longer accessing any form of career guidance" and he said only 17% of relevant pupils had registered with the My World of Work website.

He highlighted a Unison survey of 400 staff at SDS in which 89% said they either disagreed or strongly disagreed that the new service delivery model would provide an enhanced service.

Liz Smith, the Conservative education spokesperson at Holyrood, said she thought the strategy needed to be considerably expanded and there had been grave concerns about evidence to the Education Committee where stakeholders were not agreed on the best way forward.

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