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Careers England Newsletter 149: March 2020
March 17, 2020
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LATEST CAREERS ENGLAND NEWS


Covid-19
Many of our members are concerned about the impact of reduced capacity to deliver face-to-face activity, especially with contracts that have payment by results, such as the National Careers Service and National Citizenship Service. We have contacted the Department for Education who have said they are aware of the risks and are gathering intelligence to inform their thinking. We will continue to lobby for timely support for members. 

#NCW2020
National Careers Week 2020 took place this month, which saw lots of organisations take part in activities up and down the country to showcase high quality careers education. Our Board Director and Director of Education Development Trust, Laura Bell, featured in a blog to mark the week, on bridging the gap and emerging trends in the world of work.  

New Career Connect CEO
Congratulations to Barry Fletcher, who has been appointed Chief Executive at Careers England member Career Connect. Barry will take over from Kieran Gordon, who is retiring after successfully leading the organisation for 19 years. Best wishes to Barry and Kieran. 

Budget Announcements
New Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Budget this month, with not a lot of new information. There was updated funding detail for schools on investment in arts, PE, and maths, and extra cash announced for FE, including a £1.5 billion boost to upgrade college buildings and a new £2.5 billion National Skills Fund for England. Perhaps surprisingly, no new funding for apprenticeships was announced. Some changes were announced to Universal Credit; from next year claimants will be able to repay new claim advances over 24 months instead of 12 months, and the cap on deductions will be reduced.

The government will consult in the spring on how to target the National Skills Fund most effectively, before confirming details at the spending review, which is expected to take place earlier than usual, in July. It is hoped that more announcements will follow at this time.

AELP Publishes Plan for Careers Education
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has published a five point plan for a joined up approach to careers education.  The plan calls for: 
– Incentivising schools to promote apprenticeships
– Enforcement of the Baker Clause
– Investment in better workforce development for teachers
– Facilitating collaboration between schools and training providers
– Refocusing existing careers guidance initiatives.

Careers England supports the initiatives laid out in the plan, and continues to lobby for an all-age careers service.

Re draw the Balance
Four years after its launch, the two-minute film Redraw the Balance, which captures how young children define career opportunities as male and female, continues to generate interest. The original video by Education and Employers has been recreated internationally to reinforce the need for career activities in primary school to tackle gender stereotypes. 
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

Popularity of vocational training in UK not reflected in funding – FE Week

Top 100 apprenticeship league table launches – Gov.uk

Employer-led doesn’t always work, businesses say – TES

Industry must put its money where its mouth is on careers education – Schools Week

Filling careers advice gaps would make university applications fairer – Universities UK

Further calls to target apprenticeship funding at the industrial strategy – FE Week

People and skills research commissioned in Derby – D2N2 LEP
INFORMATION, CONSULTATIONS and RESOURCES

Scotland’s careers strategy
The Scottish government has launched a new new all-age careers strategy for Scotland and a future skills action plan which joins up career support, employability and skills development. DMH associates have published a link to the webinar recording which explores the strategy in more detail.

EU skills profile tool
The EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals, developed by the European Commission, supports early identification of the skills of asylum seekers, refugees and other third country nationals in order to facilitate their integration into the labour market and wider society. The tool is completely free and has recently been improved to be more flexible and easy to use. 

Supporting parents and carers with careers guidance
An international evidence report has been published by Warwick University, the Gatsby Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. It produces experiential evidence on the engagement of parents, as well as an overview of what is happening in practice. The authors are holding webinars to disseminate the report over the next few weeks.

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