Careers and Enterprise Company will face questions from MPs

The parliamentary education committee will question the leaders of the government’s Careers Enterprise Company next week.

Claudia Harris, the organisation’s chief executive, will appear alongside chair Christine Hodgson on Wednesday May 16.

They will answer questions about the company’s role in the delivery of the government’s careers strategy and their wider work coordinating careers and enterprise support and guidance.

The Careers and Enterprise Company was set up by Nicky Morgan in 2015, and is meant to support schools and colleges to improving careers guidance for those aged 12 to 18. The organisation has received around £70 million in government funding.

Harris was forced to speak out in defence of the CEC in September 2016, after questions were raised about a “lack of progress” and whether its funding would be better spent on training teachers to deliver careers guidance.

The company has since had its role beefed up following the publication of the government’s careers strategy last December, which included proposals on careers trials in primary schools and a £5 million scheme to set up 20 “careers hubs” across the country.

Earlier this year, the company published its first official implementation plan.

The inquiry comes at a time when schools are being expected to provide a lot more careers advice to their pupils.

From September, schools will be required by law to publish details of their careers programmes, as well as having a named “careers leader” in place to oversee it all.

By the end of 2020, schools will also be required to offer every pupil at least seven “meaningful encounters” with employers over the course of their school career.