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Information, Advice and Guidance

Career Information, Advice and Guidance

High quality, impartial Career Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is important in helping young people (and others) to make informed decisions about their pathways and future career choices. Career IAG is a universal in Scotland - supporting all learners at any age and stage of career development, whether they choose to learn at school or college, or to develop their career management skills in a work-based or non-formal setting.

Our career services, however, have a particular focus on people who are vulnerable and more likely to disengage from learning and work. Our aim is to strengthen the support infrastructure for individuals relating to the acquisition of skills. This will be done through a service that gives individuals IAG about careers, employment, education and training, and funding.

To achieve this, we will build on our existing, highly professional career services, to drive the redesign and improvement of Career IAG delivered primarily - but not exclusively - by Skills Development Scotland. The strategy commits us to delivering a more coherent and easy to access Career IAG system, ensuring that the primary focus of provision is on giving individuals and employers the support, advice and guidance that is right for them, enabling them to achieve success for themselves and for the economy. Whilst re-asserting Government's commitment to the provision of universal careers services, it places an emphasis on self-help - through developing people's ability to manage their own career and through a multi-channelled, blended service, with face-to-face and more intensive support for those who need it most.

Career Information, Advice and Guidance in Scotland - A Framework for Service Redesign and Improvement published on 14 March 2011. It can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/03/11110615/0