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Eight Free Career Assessment Tools to Help Your Clients Find Their Fit
July 11, 2019
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Whether your client is just starting out in their career, or ready to make a career change, career assessments can be a helpful tool to spark ideas and identify strengths. Here are eight free career assessments to help get you started.  

Charity Village Career Assessment Questionnaire 

This multidimensional assessment offers guiding questions for clients around job/career satisfaction, career path/options, attitude/motivation and the role of their family in career change/job search. It also offers definitions for terminology used in the assessment, which could be helpful for clients who are using it independently. 

Motivational Appraisal Personal Potential (MAPP) Career Assessment 

The MAPP test comprises 71 questions exploring likes and dislikes and is meant to be done quickly, taking approximately 22 minutes to complete. Users must register to take the free sample assessment. Paid packages are also available, which offer different assessments and career matching opportunities. 

Entrepreneurial Potential Self-assessment 

This questionnaire from the Business Development Bank of Canada has users rate a series of statements (e.g. “I want to build something that will be recognized publicly”) to help evaluate entrepreneurial traits in regard to their motivations, aptitudes and attitudes. It takes about 10 minutes to complete.  

Sokanu Career Test 

The Sokanu career test offers matches to more than 800 careers. It evaluates career fit based on interests, work history and goals, workplace preferences and personality. The full assessment takes about 20 minutes to complete. It can be used with a variety of age groups. 

Holland Code Career Test 

This career assessment is based on psychologist John Holland’s RIASEC model of career choice. It follows the theory that careers and people’s personalities and interests can be classified into six broad areas. This 60-question assessment generates a brief report outlining the assessment taker’s primary career interest area and a list of possible careers; a premium report is available for a fee. 

Career Interest Profiler 

Taking about 25 minutes to complete, this assessment from Testing Room measures six traits to help identify top career choices. A personalized, mini report comes free, but the 14-page full report is only available for a fee. Testing Room’s career planning assessments are developed by Psychometrics Canada. 

InSight™ Values / Work Characteristics Inventory 

The InSight assessment from CareerPerfect helps clients clarify and prioritize their values in relation to their working life. It evaluates responses in 10 categories, including structure and pace, challenge, environment and creativity. CareerPerfect also offers a Work Preference Inventory, a quick assessment of preferences in regard to work assignments. 

Career Cluster Interest Survey 

This assessment lets clients rate activities they enjoy, personal qualities and school subjects they like to discover career clusters that are a match for their interests. It takes five to 10 minutes and was created by CAREERwise Education.  

ESFA Update: 10 July 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 10 July 2019
ESFA Update academies: 10 July 2019
ESFA Update local authorities: 10 July 2019
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Items for further education
Informationstatement of expectations about the services providers of apprenticeships and adult education budget delivery, including traineeships, should offer their subcontractors
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year
Informationchange in payment dates from August 2019
Your feedbackyour experience working with ESFA
Items for academies
Informationnew guidance available for setting executive pay
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year
Items for local authorities
Informationupdated institution level high needs import/export data
Informationhow T Levels will be funded in 2020 to 2021 academic year

Published 10 July 2019

MPs to Launch Inquiry into Benefits of Lifelong Learning and Local Authority Support
July 11, 2019
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A new inquiry into the current state of adult education and lifelong learning is being launched by the House of Commons education select committee.

Former apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon (pictured), who chairs the committee, will make the announcement during a speech at an event hosted by the Centre for Social Justice in London tomorrow.

A spokesperson for the committee said the inquiry is “going to be looking at the benefits of life-long learning to the economy and individuals, and also how improving adult skills can promote social justice”.

It will also be “examining the level of support available to learners from local authorities”.

Halfon will say in his speech that while it might not get the same attention as other “big-ticket items in Westminster”, poor access to lifelong learning is “one of the great social injustices of our time”.

Warning of an “enormous wave of lost opportunity about to come crashing down on the next generation of employees”, he will say it is a scandal that lifelong learning is out of reach for the millions already most disadvantaged in society.

“Lifelong learning is a more affluent person’s game,” he will tell the Centre for Social Justice.

“Those who might benefit most from adult learning and training – low-skilled people in low-income work or the unemployed – are by far the least likely to be doing it.”

Another potential problem, according to Halfon, “is the numbers of people undertaking community learning have dropped – from around 650,000 in 2011/12 to around 500,000 in 2017/18”.

He’ll say that while “just over half of those in higher socioeconomic groups engaged in learning in the last three years, just 26 per cent of people in lower groups did.

“Adult learning should be a lifeline for the shocking number of those who left school ill-equipped to grapple with the rough and tumble of the jobs market … around nine million working adults in England have low literacy and/or numeracy skills. Yet in the last ten years just 17 per cent of low paid workers have moved permanently out of low pay.”

Before announcing the select committee’s inquiry into the current state of adult learning, Halfon will say the UK lags behind other wealthy nations in spending on lifelong education, and a recent study by the Social Mobility Commission shows England’s adult skills budget “fell by 34 per cent in real terms between 2010-2016”.

Halfon will call for an adult community learning centre to be put in every town in the country, and a top-slice of the existing £60 million support fund – which is meant to specifically target those living in deprived areas – for apprenticeships and use this to support more organisations like the WEA, the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education.

Halfon will also propose increasing tax incentives both through Corporation Tax and by ensuring increased benefits for employers investing in training people with lower skill levels.

“Only by recognising this crisis and taking urgent actions to reverse it can the UK avoid today’s divisions multiplying because those with most to gain from lifelong learning continue to be the ones with the least access to it,” Halfon will say.

A spokesperson for the WEA said the inquiry into lifelong learning announcement is “very welcome”.

“Grassroots community based learning is a lifeline for many in our most deprived communities,” they added.

“As working lives get longer and we all need to keep pace with change to live full and active lives, lifelong learning becomes more and more vital.”

The select committee is inviting written submissions addressing the following questions: 

  • What are the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL) for productivity and upskilling the workforce?
  • What are the benefits of ASALL for social justice, health and well-being?
  • What role can local authorities/combined authority areas play in ASALL provision?
  • To what extent is the range, balance and quality of formal and informal ASALL education adequate?
  • Who currently participates in and benefits from lifelong learning? 
  • What lessons can the UK learn from abroad?

The deadline for written evidence submissions is 15 August.