Quality body calls for careers strategy to be published quickly

Will we ever see the Government’s careers strategy? The Career Management Quality Alliance (CMQA) – a new sector-wide body of education and careers leaders focussing on quality - urges the Government to publish and implement its long-awaited careers strategy as soon as MPs return to Parliament in September.

To help move this along, the CMQA is today publishing its own recommendations. Chair of the Alliance and President of the Career Development Institute, Virginia Isaac, said “We want to be helpful to Government. To move things along, we have gathered the views of key education and careers bodies in the country and produced a position statement ‘A Careers Strategy that Works for Everyone’.

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Hear from the new Minster at our annual Careers Summit

On 7th November 2017 Careers England in partnership with Westminster Briefing will be hosting the fifth annual Careers Education & Guidance Summit in London. As in previous years, this event will provide an opportunity for all involved in providing CEIAG to children and young people to take stock, hear from leading thinkers and grapple with challenges now and in the future.

Delegates will hear from Careers Minister Anne Milton MP, key funders, Outstanding providers and those looking to move the sector forward and address the big issues of the day. Join over 150 careers professionals as they ask the questions: How well are we currently doing? What more can be done to improve outcomes? What does the future hold for CEIAG in our schools and colleges?

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Careers Education Guidance Summit 2017
Katharine Horler awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Careers England is delighted to announce that its Chair, Katharine Horler, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Katharine, who is also CEO of the careers charity Adviza, is recognised for outstanding commitment to improving the lives of others. She began her professional life in the 1980s as a special needs careers adviser, and has worked to support vulnerable young people and adults ever since.

Katharine Horler, Careers England Chair
Three-quarters of a million careers advice sessions

Our latest data shows the number of one-to-one careers guidance sessions delivered by our members, with impressive results. Nearly three quarters of a million (720, 050) sessions were delivered to individuals from a range of backgrounds and skill levels, with the ultimate aim of helping people to become employed or more employable. Thanks to our members for contributing to these stats and helping make a difference to people’s lives.

Careers England Impact Infographic 2015 - 2016
CDI and Careers England joint statement

Today the Career Development Institute (CDI) and Careers England have launched a joint statement highlighting that while there is wide political consensus that career guidance services in England need to be improved, there are no details in any of the manifestos as to how this step change might be achieved.

This statement builds on a press release issued by the CDI last week featuring our manifesto and seeking to offer ideas which would ensure a sharper focus and improved career guidance services for all.

View the full statement here

New policy commentary on joint committee report

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

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

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

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

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