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Career Services debate 2

MSPs voted to pass the amended motion from the Scottish government's debate on the modernisation of Scotland's career services debate, following the second part of the debate on 6 December 2012.

Opposition parties expressed serious concerns about the modernisation, but only the Conservative amendment was passed.

In March 2011, the government published its Careers Strategy Careers Strategy to modernise the way services are delivered to raise people's aspirations, improve their life chances and realise their potential. To achieve this, Scotland needs:

• a wider range of quality services - including, online, telephone, face-to-face and partnership working - that meets people's demands and expectations and the needs of today's society

• to make best use of our collective, limited, resources

• more people developing the skills they need to manage their careers throughout their lives, making full use of new technologies

• more intensive, face-to-face support - including specialist help - for those whose career development needs are greatest, including Looked After Children and others who need additional support for their learning.

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