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NYA Toolkit & Covid-19 IAG
June 26, 2020
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The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance.

The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

https://nya.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/0877-NYA-Activity-guide-COVID-19-final_17_06_20-1.pdf

https://nya.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/0877-NYA-Readiness-Toolkit.pdf

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

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.  
All Employers to Drop PhD Apprenticeship Plans

The following is the text from a letter sent by Gillian Keegan MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education 

RE: LEVEL-8 APPRENTICESHIPS

The Secretary of State for Education wrote to you on 26th February 2020 to ask you to undertake a formal review of the Senior Leader Level 7 apprenticeship standard. I want to thank you for the work that you and your staff have carried out on this review.

Higher and degree level apprenticeships continue to form an important part of our skills and education system, providing people of all backgrounds with a choice of high-value vocational training alongside traditional academic routes.

As the Secretary of State set out in his recent letter to you regarding the Senior Leader standard, it is important that levy funds are supporting those that can benefit most from an apprenticeship, such as those starting out in their careers or helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get ahead. While we do not yet know the full impact of the Coronavirus, our priority is ensuring that apprentices and employers can continue to access high quality training, both now and in the future.

I do not believe that using levy funds for Level 8 apprenticeships, which could result in a PhD, provides value for money, nor are they in the spirit of our reformed apprenticeships system.

Therefore, I am writing to inform you that after careful consideration the Department will not fund apprenticeships at Level 8. As the powers to take decisions on standards development and approval reside with the Institute you will wish to consider whether you continue to invest resources in the development of apprenticeships at this level.

I know that the employers currently developing Level 8 apprenticeships were informed in the summer of 2019 that funding for these standards could not be guaranteed, due to the need to ensure that we are meeting the needs of employers and apprentices at all levels in a way that is financially sustainable and delivers good value for money.

I am aware that the employers involved have worked hard developing not only these Level 8 apprenticeships, but also a range of apprenticeships at lower levels that have contributed to the success of our reforms. I want to thank them for their continued commitment to this vital programme.

I am copying this letter to Antony Jenkins, Chair of the Institute. Yours sincerely,

Gillian Keegan MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

A spokesperson for the IfATE said:

“We accept the decision and will not support the development of level 8 standards at this time.

“We would like to thank the trailblazers for their hard work on the proposals. The institute has been as upfront and informative as possible with them on the funding issue. We requested policy guidance from the DfE and it is appropriate that this has now been issued.”

ESFA Update: 27 May 2020
May 28, 2020
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Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 27 May 2020

Details
Items for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationnew end-point assessment (EPA) flexibility announced for calculated functional skills qualifications (FSQs)
Actionmigration of the application programme interfaces (API)
Informationupdate on the subcontracting consultation

There are no items for academies or local authorities this week.

Latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education has published guidance about COVID-19 in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students on GOV.UK.

Please check GOV.UK regularly for updates. Published 27 May 2020

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!
CDI Position Paper on Web Videoconferencing for Personal Careers Guidance
May 11, 2020
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As web videoconferencing is becoming an increasingly common method for delivering personal and group career guidance and information the CDI has published a position paper.

This paper considers how Practitioners should review their practice to ensure safe and ethical approaches are adopted. 


DWP Procurement Survey
April 27, 2020
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ERSA has been asked to collect information for the DWP.

Please note that this is in addition to the Sector Resilience survey. Responses are anonymous and requested from ALL organisations.

The DWP is considering the timescales for when to go out to market for the Employability and Health Related Services Umbrella Agreement (EHRSUA), this will replace the current Umbrella Agreement.

Depending on the structure of your organisation, this survey should be completed by a Chief Executive, Managing Director, Business Development or equivalent.

Please allow 5-10 minutes to complete the survey, by 29 April, 5pm

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

The Employability Sector Resilience Survey – deadline extended to 30 April, 5pm

Please set aside 20 minutes to complete the survey – every question in the survey is relevant and will gather information that will be used.

Responses will be anonymised. The data collected is being analysed by ERSA with Oxford University.

ERSA will be using the survey information to inform on how Covid-19 has affected the sector, organisations that have furloughed staff, innovation in delivery, capacity to take on additional work and organisations struggling to survive.

We are also populating a UK map showing who delivers where, to develop partnerships in localities.

Please complete this to inform employability commissioners and funders of the current situation and the sector’s readiness to respond.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NNY6HNX

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.
How Does Coaching Differ Across the World?
March 16, 2020
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In this 4 minute read, Simon Coops, Managing Director of Acuity Coaching explores what can we learn from the different approaches to coaching taken around the world.

Having a helicopter view of the global coaching market gives us a vantage point into coaching trends in different parts of the world. Differences in coaching delivery in different countries is in the way that programmes are put together, the preferred length of sessions and whether delivery is face-to-face or virtual.

There is definite consistency on one point, however, and that is that nowadays global organisations can access high calibre local coaching regardless of the location. From Anchorage to Wellington and every major business centre in between, effective coaches can be found, which is good news for large organisations striving to deliver solutions globally. 

How do organisations want training delivered?

Regarding preferred modes of delivery, Acuity Coaching’s research shows a 100% preference amongst coachees for face-to-face over telephone coaching sessions, where they are given a genuine choice. Cost pressures on budgets mean that this isn’t always an option made available to them, however for senior executives, the benefits of in person coaching and our ability to provide local coaches in any part of the world means that demand for in person interaction remains strong. 

In the US, where executive coaching has been prolific for many years, coaches spend a large proportion of their time telephone coaching. The 2012 ICF Global Coaching Study showed that only 44% of programme delivery is made in person in North America, compared to all other regions, where face-to-face contact is mainly used by over 80% of coaches.

Only 44% of programme delivery is made in person in North America.

One reason for this is that clients’ coach networks are often incomplete and they offer the work to coaches they know rather than try to find local coaches. There is a significant proportion of coaching happening in China delivered by phone or Skype from North America for this reason.

This is a shame as local coaches can offer more help with the cultural issues behind the need for coaching. In London and other highly developed coaching markets more coaching is delivered in-person, partly because of the ease of travel, with many other countries favouring a combination of the two delivery methods.

The variation of expectations

Due to the adaptability of coaching to meet individual requirements, general expectations vary from country to country.

In Scandinavia for instance, coaches prefer longer sessions, whereas in North and South America, shorter sessions are favoured. In North America in particular coaches prefer to offer programmes that are defined by the number of hours.

Unfortunately, if you use the wrong supplier they can over-estimate the hours required to achieve the desired results which can lead to excessive costs.

On the issue of global charges, the cost of coaching is relatively consistent around the world and doesn’t vary according to the cost of living in each country as much as might be expected. An interesting comparison would be to draw a parallel with luxury goods, where prices are aligned closely on a global basis. Good coaches are often working with multinationals and are therefore used to receiving rates paid in countries such as the USA or the UK. 

Who drives cultural differences?

It is arguable that coaches themselves are often driving the cultural differences, not the coachees, potentially for commercial reasons. 

Obviously, a person with a commercial view will favour one two hour session over two hour long sessions, not least because of the time they need to allocate in their diary over two sessions and the fact that they may have to build in travelling time. These intensive shorter sessions are considered to work best for those in a fast-moving, time pressured environment.

Standards and credibility within the industry are progressive. Some countries have taken steps to improve standards of coaching available locally. Singapore for example has endeavoured to make sure that they have a high calibre coaching market by intervening over a decade ago and encouraging coaches to be trained for local markets. 

Emerging markets coaching

I’ve seen a lot of changes in the market since 2007 and the stages of development of coaching in emerging countries has been fascinating to observe. 

In countries such as India it used to be hard to find coaches.  In the early days, training providers would wade in focusing on revenue and output, without being selective. This made the quality of locally trained coaches variable, as the industry was singularly driven by people looking to make money from selling coaching skills training.

It takes about five to ten years for a coaching market to be well developed and now you can find excellent coaches working across India and indeed our network now provides coaching resources in seven locations across the country. 

Alignment between the coach’s expertise and the objectives to be achieved is vital.

As ever, being selective is the key to successful coaching interventions, where steps have been taken to carefully match coachee requirements with the skillset and experience of a coach in their vicinity. Alignment between the coach’s expertise and the objectives to be achieved is vital.

There is no one size fits all solution to coaching in different parts of the world because at every level it is important to work with the individual and not adhere to a uniform template of what is expected as typical coaching delivery in each particular region.

Looking ahead to future trends, coaching is increasingly being driven to more junior levels, so different types of ‘virtual’ delivery using cost-effective technology will be utilised. Coaching clinics are also growing in popularity, where a coach spends a day on site and coaches multiple people.

Demand for coaching in person at a senior level, however, will remain strong, therefore the ability to access a pool of high quality local coaches ‘on the ground’ will always be a requirement for large global organisations, not least because the strength of coaching lies in the personalisation of solutions for each individual.