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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.
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.
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Careers England Survey
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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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