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Careers services offer advice and guidance to people seeking information on educational and training options, the jobs available in different sectors and the careers associated with different occupations.

This note outlines the current provision of careers services in England, then briefly outlines some of the services that have been replaced and also includes some comment from experts on current careers services.

Since education is a devolved policy area, different arrangements exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From September 2012, schools in England have a duty to secure impartial careers advice for pupils in school years 9 to 11 (ages 13-16).

The National Careers Service was launched in April 2012 and provides online and telephone support to people of all ages, as well as face-to-face support to those aged 19 or over. The National Careers Service helpline number is 0800 100 900.

Young people facing barriers to education or employment are the responsibility of local authorities. This includes young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

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