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Connexions Careers Service Slashed

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Connexions Careers Service Slashed

Unison has accused the Government, Dorset County Council, Poole and Bournemouth Councils of abandoning support for youngsters in need of independent guidance on careers, training and educational opportunities across Dorset.
Although the Government has plans to introduce an all age service, the contracts held by the Connexions Service and delivered by Ansbury are due for renewal earlier.  The three Councils are using the contract renewal to slash their funding in support of young people between the ages of 13 and 19.
Alan Martin, General Organiser for Unison, said, “Dorset is proposing a cut in its contribution of 27%, a higher cut than the Councils are required to make in their budgets and shows utter contempt towards young people.”
Alan went on to say, “To propose cuts of this nature at a time when youngsters are finding it increasingly difficult to find work is a disgrace.
In Dorset, the Connexions service has had great success in getting young people into work or ongoing education. That success clearly means nothing to these Councils.
Ironically, Ansbury has been handing back all surpluses it has made to the three Councils for many years. It doesn’t make sense to make wholesale redundancies at a high cost to the service when these uniquely qualified staff will need to be part of the new service being introduced within months under the
Government proposals for an all age careers guidance service. This is no way to protect front line services.”
During 2010, the Connexions service made 67,964 contacts with young people, parents, schools, colleges and training providers.  Broken down it looks like this:
Poole             14,276
Bournemouth   23,594
Dorset           30,103

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