New policy commentary on joint committee report

Posted:  August 2016

The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy has published its report on the quality and accessibility of careers provision for young people. Our policy commentary, prepared by Dr Siobhan Neary from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), provides an independent analysis of the key recommendations in the report. Read the policy commentary here.

Careers England submission to select committee on careers

Posted:  January 2016

Careers England has submitted evidence on behalf of its members to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy’s inquiry on careers advice, information and guidance. The Committee has called for written submissions addressing the quality and impartiality of current provision, and focusing in particular on developments since the publication of the Education Committee report ‘Careers guidance for young people: The impact of the new duty on schools’, in 2013. Read our full response here.

Careers provision for young people – where next? Careers England Policy Commentary 32

Posted:  December 2015

Careers England has produced a policy commentary based on the recent announcement of a forthcoming careers strategy by the Department for Education. Written by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, the paper sets out:

  • The scale of the skills problem and its impact on productivity
  • The legacy of underachievement among many young people
  • The welcome action the government is taking to reshape the framework for skills
  • The need for young people to be guided though this increasingly complex landscape
  • Policy measures that could drive accessibility and quality in careers education and guidance.

Click here to view Careers provision for young people – where next?

Careers England submission to the Social Mobility Committee

Posted:  September 2015

The House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility is undertaking an inquiry into how young people can be best prepared for the world of work. The Committee, appointed to investigate the transition from school to work for young people, is investigating the complex choices young people are faced with when considering career options.

Careers England has submitted written evidence to the inquiry which can be viewed here

Many thanks to the following individuals and organisations for contributing to the written submission:

- Tracey Burley, Careers South West
- Martin Vowles, Ansbury
- Chris Greaves, Adviza
- Joan Law, Morrisby Organisation
- Annette Waid, Cascaid
- Lizzie Taylor, Lawes Taylor/Rainham Mark Grammar School
- Emma Gotz, Hampshire County Council
- Sean Kearns, CXK

***PRESS RELEASE: Careers guidance drives economic growth by increasing employment and cutting benefits***

Posted:  July 2015

Today (01/07/15) Careers England launched its latest policy paper: ‘The Economic Benefits of Careers Guidance’. Produced by Professor Tristram Hooley and Vanessa Dodd of the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby, the paper clearly demonstrates the significant contribution careers guidance makes to economic growth, both to the individual and society.

The paper states that careers advice does not simply provide expert advice about a difficult decision, but also enhances the human capital of individuals, which delivers economic benefits such as aiding labour market flexibility and enhancing the skill base of the country.

The paper supports the position promoted in Careers England’s recently announced position paper on the future of careers guidance which suggests that the government should re-examine current career guidance policy and consider how it can best maximise the economic benefits.

Professor Hooley commented: “Careers guidance makes a vital contribution to the economy. It helps individuals to be well informed, build their skills and to make purposeful and profitable career moves. The research demonstrates that this has a knock effect for the economy by increasing employment and reducing reliance on benefits.

“It is important that the government reviews its careers guidance policy in light of these findings and considers how the economic benefits of career guidance can best be harnessed.”

Katharine Horler, Chair of Careers England added: “This paper makes a compelling case for careers guidance to be at the heart of economic development policies at national, regional and local levels”.

“For the first time all of the research and evidence is clearly documented in one place – the paper demonstrates the most powerful economic argument for careers guidance to date.”

Note to editors
Careers England is the trade association for employer organisations and traders involved in the provision of products and services promoting careers education and guidance in England.

***PRESS RELEASE: CAREERS ENGLAND Calls for an URGENT DEBATE on the future of careers guidance***

Posted:  June 2015

Careers England, in a Position Paper released today – 30th June 2015, calls for an urgent stakeholder debate on the future of Careers education and Guidance in England.

The Paper; ‘THE FUTURE OF CAREERS GUIDANCE’ says there must be an all age entitlement to professional, independent, careers education and guidance and that this should be appropriately resourced, supported by a national strategy and delivered locally.

A radical rethink is now required, the paper says, about how we can deliver better value, and more accessible, high quality career education and guidance, to all ages.

It says that guidance provision, as evidenced in a number of recent reports, is both patchy and fragmented. Careers help and support could be much better, and we could get better value from the resources already in the system.

There is plenty of evidence that indicates that access to good lifelong guidance would support the government in the delivery of its educational, social, welfare and economic objectives.

But for careers guidance to support the government’s agendas there needs to be a comprehensive review of the resources that are currently available in the system and for these resources to be more strategically managed and better targeted.

Careers England strongly recommends that careers education and guidance is provided through a local delivery model, co-ordinated by a national strategy and overseen by an independent stakeholder body
Katherine Horler, Chair of Careers England, said:

“We don’t seek to provide here a blueprint for the future of careers guidance in England. What we do want to do is kick start an informed debate about how we move from where we are now, with patchy, fragmented guidance, to a coherent system that delivers easy, equitable access to high quality careers help to all ages.

“We believe that it is possible and desirable to better target the guidance resources that are already in the system, to provide better value for money. These resources could provide more effective support behind the government’s educational, social and economic agendas, while opening up better access and opportunities for career development for everyone.

“Over the coming months we will seek, with others, to move this debate forward to identify how best we can deliver a system that is truly fit for purpose.”

Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, the CBI, said:
“I agree in principle with two of the main points of this paper: that we are at risk of forgetting the value of skilled advice, and that the right way forward is nationally mandated, locally delivered service.”

David Harbourne, Acting Chief Executive, the Edge Foundation, said:
“Careers England is absolutely right: we urgently need a review of career education and guidance. The current system – if we can call it that – is fragmented, confusing and under-funded. We cannot rely wholly on schools to get it right. Nor can we expect employers to be the sole source of inspiration.

“As the position paper says, it’s not a case of providing either access to employers or professional careers advisers: they are two sides of the same coin, and we need both. For our part, therefore, the Edge Foundation entirely agrees that we need a cross-departmental review leading to a cost effective, fair and equitable system for all ages.”

Professor Tristram Hooley of the University of Derby said:
“Career education and guidance are central to meeting many of the new government’s aims around apprenticeships, higher education and full employment. Careers England’s new position paper makes this argument clearly and should be a helpful contribution to thinking about how the government takes its careers policy forward.”

Jan Ellis, Chief Executive of the CDI, said:
“The CDI warmly welcomes the suggestions made by Careers England that government departments should stand back and review. There is undoubtedly a duplication of activity and waste of resources in the current system.

“Pooling resources and ideas with a view to creating a new strategy, which offers clarity for providers and clients and puts a high premium on quality through a local delivery model overseen by an independent stakeholder body, makes social and economic sense and will support the professionalisation of the career development sector.”

James Croft, Director, the Centre for the Study of Market Reform of Education said:
“Access to effective guidance is crucial for young people’s progression through education and into the workplace, and for the realisation of the social and economic benefits the government hopes its educational reforms will achieve.

“Yet current provision is woefully inadequate. The government was right in its first term to opt for diverse local delivery, but to do so without first sorting the mess of overlapping jurisdictional responsibilities and funding arrangements, and without a national strategy for managing emerging gaps in provision, was an unforgiveable oversight.
“Careers England’s recommendations for joining up services, ensuring that the new body provides effective quality assurance, and for the dissemination of good practice, open a pathway towards securing better, more inclusive provision.”


Careers England is the trade association for employer organisations and traders involved in the provision of products and services promoting careers education and guidance in England.

As the only association of specialist career guidance businesses (traders of all sizes from sole-traders through to large employers) in the country, we exist to promote the benefits to the nation of utilising the distinctive skills of such providers. The products and services that our members provide promote social mobility, achievement and economic well-being for people of all ages. Any trader in the careers business is eligible for membership.

BP340 Schools Survey

Posted:  June 2015

A new report from the Career Development Institute (CDI) and Careers England shows up to a third of schools have dropped careers guidance from the curriculum, with at least half stating they do not have a ‘middle leader’ responsible for careers education. The report, based on a survey of career education and guidance in schools and links with employers, was carried out in order to inform the work of the new independent careers and enterprise company recently established by the Department for Education (DfE) and to identify priorities for action and development, for the CDI, Careers England and other stakeholders.

View the full report here