DWP: Tier 3 FSF DPS 2 Questionnaire
November 3, 2020

The DWP Employment Category Supplier Survey and Market Engagement for Tier 3 FSF DPS 2 Questionnaire is now live.

The survey covers;

  • Section A – 2020 DWP Employment Category Supplier Survey
  • Section B – CAEHRS – Feedback on the recent competition
  • Section C – Market Engagement: Tier 3 and Flexible Support Fund DPS 2

The survey will take no longer than 30 minutes to complete and will remain open until 20 November 2020. Use the following link to access the questionnaire. https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/03-finance/a2e26fde/

Careers England Newsletter: Issue 156
November 3, 2020
National Careers Service – Open Letter to Gillian Keegan
Careers England has held a number of meetings with National Careers Service providers, and separately with Department for Education (DfE) and Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), to lobby for changes to improve the way the NCS is able to respond to the growing need of people affected by the pandemic, and step up to the challenges and opportunities of the extra £32M invested in it by the government. The meetings with civil servants and officers, whilst helpful, brought about minor changes to NCS delivery rules. A further step, taken in collaboration with the Career Development Policy Group, resulted in the open letter to the Minister below:


DfE Update
White Paper
Meetings were held with DfE  to learn more about the forthcoming White Paper on Further Education, expected in the autumn. It is expected that careers guidance will feature prominently in the White Paper. Careers England will continue to lobby the Department to provide access to personal guidance for young people and adults and for this to be reflected in the revised Careers Strategy, which is believed to be covered in the White Paper.  

NEET Board
DfE recently established an internal Government advisory board on NEET, chaired by Gillian Hillier, Director, Careers and Further Education, DfE. Careers England has proposed, and offered to provide, external stakeholder input to the work of the Board. At this stage the Board is still forming and the DfE advised that as yet, it has not considered, nor ruled out,  external views. Careers England will follow the work of the Board and seek to influence its agenda based on the needs of young people as evidenced through the work of Careers England members. The Careers England Board will consider the formation of a NEET focused Task Group to support this work.

Action for Careers England Members:- Pay Index Survey on Networking for Young People
Careers England has been approached by the Pay Index to help with the distribution of an online questionnaire designed to gauge the awareness and understanding among young people aged 13-25  of the benefits of networking. 
Members are requested to share this survey with service users, schools and colleges to aid the research. The survey will be active during November 2020:

Virtual International Education and Careers conference links – Careers England items
Members will recall from previous newsletters that Careers England was invited to participate and contribute to the October virtual conference run by Deirdre Hughes, DMH Associates, and The Edge Foundation. The conference, which covered a range of careers issues and topics of interest to a global audience, was very well subscribed. Two key contributions of particular note to Careers England are in the links below.

Task group information
No updates from task groups for this month’s newsletter.
News from across the sector

Careers and Enterprise Company – New CEO  appointment
Oli de Botton joins the CEC from his position as Headteacher and co-founder of School 21 in Stratford, East London. School 21 is widely recognised for its pioneering work with employers including its strong focus on enterprise and work readiness as part of its curriculum learning and in the way it interacts with students. The news release provides more detail including the following short statement from Oli about his appointment;

Changes at the National Careers Service
 Joe Billington, current Deputy Director: National Careers Service at the Education and Skills Funding Agency is moving on to a position within the DfE FE policy team. Joe will be replaced by Louise Proctor, Joe’s effective deputy.

Careers England will continue to meet with Louise in her new role to represent the provider base regarding NCS and other ESFA funded careers guidance activities.
Information, consultations and resources
‘Scarred for life’
Sage experts warn of impact of Covid policies on the young

Youth Report: A Million Reasons to Act – Alliance for Full EmploymentFormer Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a UK-wide jobs summit as youth unemployment amid the coronavirus economic crisis is set to rocket and one million young people are predicted to be out of work by November 1st.

The former Labour Prime Minister last month formed the ‘Alliance for Full Employment’ with representatives from across the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.The AFFE has now released a report on research finding that as many as one million young people will be unemployed by the turn of the month, and a total of 1.5 million youth placements will be needed over the next year.

The College of the Future Report
This report from the College of the Future Commission calls for every adult to have the right to lifetime education and training, with colleges better supported to deliver this in every community across the UK.
FBS Small Business Index

The latest FSB Small Business Index has found that times are tougher than ever for small firms after two difficult years.

The survey of 1,500 UK small firms, conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), finds that SME confidence has been in negative territory for nine consecutive quarters – since July 2018. It comes as small business revenue growth hits an all-time low and staff lay-offs hit an all-time high.

The Q3 SBI confidence figure stands at -32.6, down 28 points on last quarter. Only a third (34%) of those surveyed at the end of last month expect their performance to improve over the coming three months. The significant majority (66%) expect performance to worsen.

The findings also show that a record one in four (25%) small firms reduced headcounts last quarter. An even higher proportion (29%) expect to make redundancies over the coming three months; 12% say they expect to let at least a quarter of their staff go.

COVID-related disruption has caused revenue growth to fall to its lowest recorded ebb, with more than half (56%) of those surveyed reporting a drop. A similar share (50%) expect revenues to fall next quarter.

The FSB is warning that any potential economic recovery is stalling ahead of a difficult trading period in the run-up to Christmas and the end of the Brexit transition period. More than half of exporters polled say international sales have fallen over the past three months.

Although the FSB has welcomed the chancellor’s improvements to the current business and job support schemes, it is now calling for new measures, including:

  • Support for those that have received no income support to date;
  • A reduction in the cost of hiring new staff;
  • Lessening the burden of business rates;
  • Providing more resources for those looking to start a business for the first time.

“We must not forget that small firms were already under the cosh thanks to political uncertainty, rising costs and creaking infrastructure well before the Spring,” said Mike Cherry, FSB national chairman.

“The chancellor made some very welcome adjustments to support measures last week … However, too many are still without the help they need to weather current disruption – not least company directors, the newly self-employed, those without premises and those further down supply chains in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. An ambitious rescue package for these groups is urgently needed.

“If we want small business owners to create jobs, we have to bring down the costs of employment, starting with employer national insurance contributions. If we want them to invest, innovate and expand, we have to alleviate the strain of wider government-imposed overheads, including those stemming from an outdated business rates system which continues to stifle too many community businesses all over the country.”

Written by Rachel Miller.