When I first became minister of state for skills and apprenticeships, I heard all too often that careers education and guidance was not reaching all those young people most in need of it.
Despite the good intentions and hard work of many, careers provision was patchy and too reliant on a chance encounter or a well-connected parent.
But what if you are from a family without these connections? What if you are from a disadvantaged community and do not have access to a wide range of opportunities?
That is why I was delighted to publish the careers strategy in 2017, which sets out our ambitions for a world-class careers system. Our aim is to create a thriving careers system. One that helps people to make the most of their skills and talents.
Personal career guidance describes the one-to-one support that is given to individual students by a careers adviser, to help them make choices about future options
Since 2012 schools and colleges have been required to secure access to impartial career guidance for students from Year 8 to Year 13.
Gatsby Benchmark #8 sets an expectation that all students will have a career guidance interview with a professionally qualified careers adviser by age 16 and the opportunity for a further such interview between 16 and 18.