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New National Careers service launched

5 April 2012 Last updated at 11:14 BST

The National Careers Service will be launched on Thursday, and is designed to give people better advice on getting a new job or changing careers altogether.

However with 2.7 million people out of work, and the unemployment rate still at 8.4%, the new service will have its work cut out.

It is hoped it will provide information on vocational courses and apprenticeships as well as more traditional careers.

Rob Hicks is a careers adviser at the National Careers Service. He told the BBC "careers advice has never been more relevant".