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Careers England Newsletter: Issue 152
June 25, 2020
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Latest Careers England News

Covid-19 response update: We’ve been lobbying the government for more careers support to help individuals manage the implications of the recession. In April, Careers England and the Career Development Institute (CDI) in partnership with dmh associates (Deirdre Hughes OBE) conducted an online survey to identify how careers companies and careers professionals in England were responding to the impact of Covid-19 and the social distancing lockdown measures. The main purpose was to investigate how careers companies and practitioners were responding to customer needs and to identify current trends and recommendations to inform public policy. The findings highlight a key question for citizens during and after the pandemic; where do I go for careers support? Download the full paper and recommendations. As part of the Career Development Policy Group, we have put together a plan to maintain employment, productivity and progression post-Covid-19. The paper includes recommendations for the short, medium and long term including funding linked to the national careers strategy. The government has already announced an additional £2m for careers hubs across the country.

We have also signed an open letter to Boris Johnson alongside 200 organisations calling on the government to commit to a new Opportunity Guarantee to: 
– Promote job creation by investing in the jobs that we need for the future
– Double the capacity in services that help people into jobs,
– Provide an education place, apprenticeship, or job for every young person. 
The letter is available to read here.

Please help support us by writing to your MP and sharing via your networks. 

Latest Labour Market Stats: The Learning and Work Institute has pulled together an analysis of the ONS statistics from February – April 2020. It shows that despite the government’s unprecedented measures to protect jobs, the Covid-19 crisis has triggered the sharpest rise in unemployment we have ever seen; going back to 1922. Chief Executive Stephen Evans calls for investment in employment support job creation, and a youth guarantee. Read more.
Task Group Information
Our position paper on employer and community engagement is now available on our website. Please share with your networks in support of of the strong partnerships that take place to enable high quality careers education. Thank you to our task group members for developing the paper.
News from Across the Sector
Bank of England ‘ready to act’ as the economy shrinks record 20% – BBC

Five key considerations for making an apprentice guarantee a reality by Robert Halfon MP – FE News

Coronavirus: child psychologists highlight mental health risk of lockdown – BBC

AoC calls for £3.6bn post-pandemic skills package – FE Week

Government to fund private tutors for English schools – The Guardian

£7 million for vulnerable pupils leaving alternative provision – Gov.uk

Rashford seeks more change after food voucher win – BBC

Apprenticeship starts expected to drop by 50% this September – FE News

Covid-19 affects BAME youth mental health more than white peers – The Guardian
Information, Consultations and Resources

Employability Day 2020: Employability Day is a national campaign coordinated by ERSA, taking place this Friday 26th June. The day is an opportunity for employment support organisations to celebrate their hard work supporting people to enter or progress in employment. It allows organisations to shout about their success and drive understanding across key stakeholders at local, regional and national level. Get involved @ERSA_news #EmpDay20  

What are the prospects for young people joining the labour market now?: The Economics Observatory has pulled together evidence suggesting that young people leaving full-time education in the Covid-19 recession will find it much harder to secure employment and even harder to enter well-paid jobs. Read the review here.Covid-19 resources
The CDI has created a new page on its website to locate reports and research related to career development and the current Covid-19 pandemic.
#SkillsWorldLIVE: Our Executive Director Steve Stewart contributed to episode 21 of the SkillsWorld podcast – ‘careers advice and guidance – is it fit for purpose?’ Listen back here.
Conferences, Events and Training

Careers Summit 2020
Our Careers Summit was due to take place on 5th November. We have decided to postpone it to March 2021 so that we can safely run a physical event, to coincide with National Careers Week. Watch this space for more information.  
Careers England Newsletter May 2020: Issue 151
May 26, 2020
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Covid-19 response
We are working with the CDI and the Department for Education to identify rapid responses to support young people and adults through the recession. Careers guidance is the catalyst to ensuring individuals get the right support at this challenging time, both short and longer term, and our paper on the economic benefits of careers guidance supports this. We will share updates as we can.  

New Careers England Executive Director 
A message from our Chair, Katharine Horler:
Following the selection process agreed by the Board we are delighted that Kieran Gordon has been offered the role of Executive Director for Careers England, which he has accepted.  I don’t suppose Kieran needs much introduction to most members or the sector, we are very lucky that he will be joining the team in this new capacity and I am absolutely confident that he will take over where Steve has left off and build on the excellent work that Steve and Jessica have undertaken during their time with Careers England. We are currently working on a remote handover. We would also like to welcome Career Connect’s new Chief Executive, Barry Fletcher, who we are looking forward to working with.

National Careers Service ‘repurposed’
Director of the National Careers Service Joe Billington says that the National Careers Service has repurposed all of its advice and guidance about learning and work, to offer support to people affected by Covid-19 to find opportunities now and plan for the future recovery. Alongside support and advice offered to individuals, a Skills Toolkit has been launched with the Department for Education to help those whose jobs have been affected. 

Earlier this month the National Careers Service held a Virtual Jobs Fair across England where over 1000 jobs were identified and promoted to local job seekers.Career Development Policy Group
With a strong focus on providing enhanced personal careers guidance for young people and adults, we feel that there is an urgent need for the government to establish an employment and career development task force to provide innovative ideas to mitigate the worst effects of the impending labour market crisis. We believe that working together and sharing ideas will enable us to develop a youth transition strategy to ensure that young people, most critically in Years 11 and 13, do not become a lost generation; and to influence government to adequately resource the National Careers Service to advise adults and young people about how they can respond to the uncertainty and changes in the labour market.Read the letter sent topoliticians, civil servants and stakeholders.

CEC strategic partnership
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company. Both organisations are committed to supporting the Government’s careers strategy and backing the adoption of the Gatsby Benchmarks in all schools and colleges across England. John Yarham, Interim Chief Executive said: The generation of young people about to enter the world of work are going to face unprecedented challenges. More than ever, it’s important that as a sector we pull together to make sure they get the support they need to flourish. That is why we’re delighted to announce this partnership with Careers England.” 

#SkillsWorld live
Earlier this month our Executive Director Steve Stewart contributed to the discussion on whether we should abolish the target of sending 50% of young people to university. You can listen back to the episode here.
Task group informationOur position paper on employer and community engagement is now available on our website. Please share with your networks in support of of the strong partnerships that take place to enable high quality careers education. Thank you to our task group members for developing the paper.
News from across the sectorCoronavirus set to reverse five years of unemployment growth in one month – Learning & Work Institute

Government to take ownership of colleges – FE Week

What are the job prospects for the class of 2020? – Financial Times

Government announces bounceback loans for small businesses – Gov.uk

Government social mobility tzar Dame Martina Milburn resigns – Schools Week

HE support package could negatively impact English sector – THE

Unions tell staff ‘not to engage’ with plan for 1 June school openings – The Guardian

Employers are slashing graduate jobs. But students mustn’t lose hope – The Guardian 
 
Information, consultations and resourcesCareerTech challenge 
From game-based learning platforms, to AI-driven careers advice, Nesta Challenges and the Department for Education have announced the innovations shortlisted for the £5.75 million CareerTech Challenge. The ideas from a wide range of innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists have been identified as those with the greatest potential to equip adults across England with the tools and skills to navigate a rapidly changing world of work.
 Safe and ethical use of web video conferencing
Lockdown has quickly meant finding new ways of working with clients remotely. The CDI is running webinars on this and has recently published a new position paper – Safe and ethical use of web videoconferencing for personal careers guidance – to support members work online with their clients.  The paper is on the reports and resources page of the website.

Gatsby benchmarks and social mobility: impacts to date
The iCeGS has published a paper on recent developments in policy and careers strategy in England using the Gatsby benchmarks to measure progress. Download the paper.
Conferences, events and trainingCareers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November and bookings are open. Register now!
Careers England: Newsletter 149
April 16, 2020
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Covid-19 response
It’s a very challenging time for organisations who rely on the delivery of face to face services. We’ve been lobbying the government to support careers organisations at this crucial time. Here’s some additional work we’ve been doing to support our members:Published an article on rethinking payment-by-results outlining our position on relaxing the current funding rules – a message we are advocating to ESFA and the National Careers Service Published a press release on time for reflection signposting people to the National Careers Service and highlighting the important role careers guidance has to play in uncertain timesSubmitted evidence to the Education Select Committee’s Covid-19 inquiry on the business implications for careers companies – we encourage members to do the same. 

We’re recruiting!
The Board of Careers England are looking to appoint a new Executive Director following the current post holder’s retirement. All details are available on our website.

New members
We are very pleased to announce that two of our longstanding partners; The Career Development Institute (CDI) and The Careers & Enterprise Company are now members of Careers England. Now more than ever it’s vital that the sector pulls together and we hope to be able to achieve more through this strengthened partnership. 

New Labour cabinet
Keir Starmer has been announced as Labour’s new leader, and he has wasted no time in appointing the shadow cabinet. Angela Rayner MP has been promoted from shadow education secreatry to shadow first secretary of state. Rebecca Long-Bailey has been appointed as Rayner’s replacement and you can find out about her via this FE Week rundown.  
Task group information
Our position paper on employer and community engagement is now available on our website. Please share with your networks to remind people of the strong partnerships that take place to enable high quality careers education. Thank you to our task group members for developing the paper.
News from across the sector
School closures are a catalyst for much needed reform – Schools Week

‘Recruitment is on hold’ – the students graduating into the Covid-19 recession – The Guardian

Teachers to grade students for cancelled exams – BBC

Awarding Vocational and Technical Qualifications this summer – Gov.uk

Full steam ahead as T Level qualification content launched – FE Week

Employers urge DfE to protect FE sector – TES
Information, consultations and resources
Covid-19 resources
ERSA has pulled together resources for the sector in its employability resource hub, which includes useful links for businesses, charities and a range of guidance and support. 

Youth Futures Foundation grants
The Youth Futures Foundation has launched its rolling grants programme for organisations working with people aged 14 – 24. The foundation is also looking into emergency funding to support organisations through Covid-19.  

Labour market impact of Covid-19
The Institute of Employment Studies has launched a new report Getting Back to Work: Dealing with the labour market impacts of the Covid-19 recessionwhich looks at unemployment rates vs lockdown, and how the economy might recover.

Pathway Planner Tool: Information & Resources
Careerpilot in collaboration with the Careers and Enterprise Company have developed an electronic triage tool that will help staff in schools and colleges to prioritise personal guidance. Following a pilot of the model in six schools the tool is now ready to be launched across the region. The Careerpilot Pathway Planner Tool will allow staff to:
Access resources to help students prepare for guidance
Assess student guidance needs through the electronic triage tool
Prioritise student personal guidance on basis of triage results
Record bookings & write up results of personal guidance sessions
View a timeline to evidence student need, intervention and progression
Help meet the requirements of Gatsby 3 and Gatsby 8.
Conferences, events and training
Save the date – Careers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November – please hold the date in your diary and watch this space for further information.  
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.
Careers England: Newsletter 148
February 18, 2020
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Cabinet reshuffle
Gavin Williamson will continue in his role as education secretary following a cabinet reshuffle, alongside Schools Minister Nick Gibb. Michele Donelan joins the department as Universities Minister, taking over from Chris Skidmore who was dismissed. Other new additions to the education team include Vicky Ford, Gillian Keegan and Baroness Elizabeth Berridge. Lord Agnew, who was responsible for delivery of the careers strategy, has moved to the Cabinet Office, while Baroness Alison Wolf – famous for the Wolf report – has been appointed skills adviser at Number 10.  Elsewhere, Chancellor Sajid David has resigned after a ‘power-struggle’ with Boris Johnson. He has been replaced by former chief secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak. Robert Halfon has been re-elected as Education Select Committee Chair; the new members of which can be found here. 

Commitment to ESF replacement fund
The government has announced its intention to introduce the UK Shared Prosperity fund by April 2021, to replace the European Social Fund. The article on the Conservative party website states that the fund will be designed to support the most vulnerable. But London Councils warns the move may disadvantage Londoners, and calls for devolution of budgets. 

Save the date – Careers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November – please hold the date in your diary and watch this space for further information.  
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
Leave apprenticeship levy alone, urge employers – TES

Universities still fail to give three quarters of places to state school pupils, despite demands of ministers and regulator – Independent

UCAS boosts advice with information from Which? University – UCAS

Over 500 lecturers to come from industry as part of £24m package boost – FE Week

Education Secretary calls on sector to support UK WorldSkills bid – FE Week

T Levels – what are they and who is going to study them? – BBC
Information, consultations and resources
Financial Times resources
The Financial Times has a range of free resources and are looking to add to the collection. To give you a flavour of what’s on offer, there’s a free schools access programme here and a regular careers ‘agony aunt‘. They have requested ideas for the sorts of specific articles that would be relevant for careers leads – please send any suggestions to steve.stewart@careersengland.org.uk 

Apprenticeships 
The think tank EDSK has published a highly critical report on the apprenticeship levy claiming that it is mainly be used to fund existing courses that are repackaged, particularly at management level. It proposes level 3 apprenticeships only that are solely regulated by Ofsted.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published the findings of the annual Apprenticeship Pay Survey. The survey covers England, Scotland and Wales and findings are reported both by nation and combined as Great Britain. The reports include comparisons of pay and conditions for apprenticeships between 2016 and 2018, which is particularly interesting for England because of the significant reforms since 2017.

Overall, basic hourly pay for level 2 and level 3 apprenticeships has increased from 2016 (median basic pay is now £7.10 an hour). The median basic pay in England is lower than the Great Britain average at £6.95 but does still show an increase from the 2016 level. The basic hourly pay for apprentices at level 4 and above has also risen in Great Britain (median of £10.94) and England (median of £11.07).

The findings reveal large differences in basic hourly pay by framework/standards across Great Britain with the basic hourly pay figure for level 2 and level 3 apprentices lowest for Hairdressing (£3.70 median). Basic hourly pay rates increased for nearly all level 2 and 3 apprenticeships. The is the Customer Service framework/standard, where basic hourly pay has decreased.

The report suggests some change to the routes for entry to apprenticeships. In England, 53% of level 2 and 3 apprentices surveyed had already been working for their employer, compared to 64% in 2016. In contrast, the proportion of apprentices surveyed in Wales that were already working for their employer increased slightly from 71 per cent to 74 per cent. The figures for Scotland were similar for 2016 and 2018.

Local Skills Deficit – Learning and Work Institute
A new report commissioned by the Local Government Association and conducted by the Learning and Work Institute provides some fascinating insights into what skills gaps might exist in England over the next ten years. The report takes an innovative approach, modelling potential skills gaps in eight different areas (Essex, Southend and Thurrock; Nottingham City; Staffordshire; Gloucestershire; Greater Lincolnshire; Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; North of Tyne; Southampton and Portsmouth) to provide data both on these localities and on England as a whole.

The picture at the national level is bleak, with six million people projected to be out of work or in a job that they are overqualified for by 2030. The findings estimate a potential national deficit of 2.5 million highly skilled people by 2030, which could lead to a £120 billion loss in economic output.

The findings illustrated here indicate that urgent action is required to address the skills gap. The differences in skills shortages across the eight areas studied suggest the need for some local devolution as part of a broader programme of reform and investment to enhance overall skill and productivity levels.
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.
Careers England Newsletter
October 15, 2019
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Careers England Survey
July 23, 2019
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Careers England, supported by NAHT and the WorthLess? Campaign, with technical input from Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, has created a short survey for school leaders and careers professionals.

With yet more emphasis from Ofsted and others on the importance of careers advice for young people, the survey aims to see what support, if any, is being given to schools to help them provide careers advice and guidance for young people.

The following link takes you directly to the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/National_Survey_School_Leaders_and_Careers_Professionals

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