National Careers Council, an aspirational nation: creating a culture change in careers provision; Careers England Policy Commentary 21
AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis is the twenty-first in an occasional series of briefing notes on key policy documents related to the future of career guidance services in England. The policy commentary has been prepared for Careers England by Dr Tristram Hooley (Reader in Career Development and Head of the International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby); the views expressed are those of the writer.
CitationHooley, T. (2013). National Careers Council, an aspirational nation: creating a culture change in careers provision. Careers England Policy Commentary 21. Careers England
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