Ofsted attacks poor job advice for young girls

Young women are turning to careers in hairdressing, beauty therapy and social work because they are receiving “weak” careers advice in schools, a report says.

Young women were not encouraged to challenge workplace stereotypes, according to Ofsted.

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The report into girls’ career aspirations, based on findings collected from 16 primary schools, 25 secondary schools and 10 colleges across England, found that not enough was being done to promote the confidence, drive and ambition of girls.

Inspectors found that girls aged 11 to 14 years had limited understanding of how choices about courses and careers influenced pay and progression.