|Career professionals recognised in New Year’s Honours|
Congratulations to Louise Proctor, Head of the National Careers Service and Christine Hodgson, Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company, for being awarded honours for their services to careers. It’s great to see individuals in the sector being recognised for their achievements.
Careers education with the new government
We recently met with the Department for Education along with the CDI and The Careers & Enterprise Company. Informally the DfE say that even though it’s early days, it is clear that the Minister, Lord Agnew, is interested in the careers agenda and wants to make progress. The DfE is setting up a round table meeting for him to meet key partners in the near future.
We spoke about the cessation of ESF and the need for careers support to be a significant element of the new Prosperity Fund. The DfE were in agreement and said they would push this. They will be asking for more funding for careers as part of the Annual Spending Review for 2021/22 and we asked them to review the focus of the NCOP budget and whether the resource that Jobcentre Plus put into schools could be used in a better way. The DfE like the virtual wallet model.
We encouraged the DfE to get Lord Agnew to ‘talk up’ careers work and the contribution made to social mobility and economic productivity. It would also be helpful if Ofsted would talk about the focus on careers in the inspections they are undertaking.
On adult careers guidance we lobbied the DfE to build on the good work of the National Careers Service in the development of the National Retraining Service; suggesting that we would be very keen to help develop a National Careers Strategy for adults with the new Government.
The Sharing Prosperity Fighting Fund
ERSA has been lobbying for a replacement of the European Social Fund. Having launched the UKSPF Sharing Prosperity Report n November and promoting it during the election period, ERSA is asking supporters to donate to further its campaign work. Read more and donate.
|Task group information|
Our position paper developed by the personal guidance task group is now available online on our website. Please share the paper with your networks.
Look out for our next position paper on employer and community engagement which is currently in development.
|News from across the sector|
Proportion of young people in a Saturday jobs halves in 20 years – The Guardian
Revealed: global best and worst at 21st century skills – TES
UK climbs global education rankings but teenagers amongst least satisfied with lives – Independent
LGA: Devolve all skills and apprenticeship funding – TES
Millions of people risk being unemployed or in unsuitable jobs by 2030 – Independent
FE is ‘ticking time bomb’ says college chief – FE Week
|Information, consultations and resources|
Nesta automation project
Nesta are looking for research participants to interview about automation. They are working with DfE on the national retraining service so this is a good opportunity to showcase work with adult clients. Nesta are looking for people who have either lost jobs to automation or work in industries at risk of being automated, and are particularly interested in hearing from men and people of colour. Research will involve a 20 minute phone call, after which experiences will be written up in an article to be hosted on the Nesta site. For more details or to find out more, contact Emily Reynolds on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meaningful encounters with the world of work
As coined by Gatsby, it is now widely accepted that encounters with the world of work are vitally important for all young people. A new toolkit from Education and Employers looks at what this means in detail to allow for effective career provision planning.
A new briefing note from the Resolution Foundation – Never Ever – explores the increase in people who have never had a paid job; currently 8.2% of the UK population. The report suggests that earning whilst studying should be encouraged for a healthy labour market.
|Conferences, events and training|
IEP Summit – 5th March, London
The Institute of Employability Professionals Summit 2020 is based on the future of work and covers the emerging labour market and associated delivery challenges. More info and book here.
Free Quality in Careers Standard events
Interested in achieving the Quality in Careers Standard? Find out more via three free events in March. Hear from schools and colleges who have achieved the standard – events taking place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Bristol.
National career guidance shows 2020
The National Career Guidance Shows are the only free to attend series of conventions for people passionate about careers and will arm visitors with the resources necessary to support and prepare young people and other job seekers, so that they can make a smooth transition from education, training or unemployment into working life. Visit for free – book your place now.