How youth explore, experience and think about their future – OECD

Somewhat of a hidden gem in this month’s Education and Employers Research Digest. How do we know what really works in career guidance? That is the question that the OECD’s Career Readiness project aims to answer. The Project draws on the best available international evidence to understand how schools can reduce student risk of unemployment and poor school-to-work transitions

The Sutton Trust Paving the Way Report: a response

Today The Sutton Trust released their Paving The Way Report and their findings make for some difficult reading. The report is a thorough examination of Careers Guidance in Secondary Schools and they found that although improvements have been made in the 8 years since they last looked at this there is too often variability in careers provision. Differences can clearly be seen between state schools with more and less deprived intakes, and between state and private schools. Below we take a look at the most hard to read findings but also shine a light on the recommendations for government, the CEC and schools/colleges/governing boards.

National Careers Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

Following on from our previous social highlights pages for #NAW2021, #NAW2022 and #NCW2021, well we’re back for #NCW2022. Below are some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2022. As always, #NCW2022 will be a storming success. Does your school, college or place of work feature?

What is the FOW?

When we think of the FOW, our immediate thoughts often focus on technological trends such as the idea that developments in robotics and automation will replace our jobs in the future. These are the type of clickbait headlines that are published on a regular basis in the mainstream media. For example, as I am writing this article on 14/02/22 I can see after a quick Google search the NY Times published an article a couple of weeks ago titled: Will Robots Really Destroy the Future of Work. However, the FOW is much more complex than this. The FOW is a multifaceted concept consisting of many interconnected trends that could significantly disrupt and shape the labour market in the future.

To the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP and members of the UK educational press: an open letter

Steering group member, Janet Colledge writes an Open Letter to Robert Halfon MP and educational press sharing her frustrations on the misuse of language surrounding Careers and guidance.

Apprenticeships and Technical Education: The bias is in the room

In this article a Secret Careers Leader airs their frustrations regarding the bias that still suffocates Apprenticeships, how they’re discussed and still negatively thought of.

T Levels Explained (by someone who didn’t know what they were)

How would you rate your knowledge when it comes to T Levels? We realised that we could do with some extra revision so we set about putting this piece together to upskill you as much as upskill ourselves. T Levels explained by someone who didn’t know what they were seemed an appropriate title.

Skills, Skills, Skills: a fairy tale ending for technical education

Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee outlines the need for the recently opened inquiry into careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for children and young people. For those catching up the ‘root and branch’ review will look at how CEIAG can provide better support for disadvantaged or left-behind groups, so that there is improved access to otherwise inaccessible careers opportunities. Furthermore, the inquiry will examine and explore whether current careers advice provides young people with the necessary information to support their future career ambitions – this covered career choices, employment, training, and further and higher education opportunities.

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

It’s back!! Our #NAW Social Media highlights page is back for another year. As like last year we thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the amazing activities taking place this week. After the challenges of the past 21 months I think we could do with getting on board with promoting earning while you’re learning. #NAW2022 will be a storming success again. Does your school or college feature?

Implementing effective Personal Guidance

In our first post of the year, Simon Wareham discusses the effective implementation of Gatsby Benchmark 8, Personal Guidance. Click the headline above to read about how Simon and his school are making effective use of this essential area of Careers provision. The Careers and Enterprise Company published a final report in September 2021 entitled ‘Personal Guidance Fund Evaluation’. At the Regional Careers Leader Network Meeting, in November at St James’ Park in Newcastle, organised by the North East LEP for all Careers Leaders in schools in the North East region, as a Trust, we were invited to present our response to this report and to provide insights to other schools as to how we deliver effective high-quality Personal Guidance across our Trust.