Careers England Newsletter: Issue 157

Careers England’s Chair and Executive Director to Meet Gillian Keegan, 3/12/2020

Careers England has been seeking a meeting with Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills since she assumed the portfolio. The meeting will raise a number of important issues, including: Investment in independent careers guidance from careers professionals for young people in schools and colleges; enabling the National Careers Service to meet the increased demands upon it by the rise in unemployment as a consequence of the pandemic, and how a joined-up Government approach to the Plan for Jobs can achieve more.

Union Learning Fund
Careers England has provided its support to the TUC in defence of the Union Learning Fund which has been notified by Government that it will have its funding withdrawn. Meetings have taken place with the TUC to extend our offer of  support. The petition can be accessed and signed in the following link:
http://https://www.megaphone.org.uk/petitions/uk-gov-don-t-cut-union-learning

Workforce for the Future- Skills Commission Inquiry
The Skills Commission is inviting submissions to a public call for evidence as part of its ongoing inquiry, the Workforce of the Future, The Inquiry focuses on careers education, information and guidance and is targeted at schools, colleges, universities, businesses, careers service providers and third sector organisations. Whilst the call indicates that not all questions need to be answered by all organisation, many of the questions are directly relevant to the work of Careers England members and therefore individual responses would help to ensure that our messages are represented in the evidence collected. The call also provides an opportunity to highlight important data, internal research and analysis and case studies.

The Careers England Board will be making a submission to the inquiry and encourages members and partner organisations to do likewise.
The closing date for submission is 18th December 2020, which can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.policyconnect.org.uk/sc/sites/site_sc/files/news/535/fieldnewsdownloads/workforceofthefutureinquirycallforevidence.pdf

Careers England signs up as policy partner to Engineering UK in research into STEM engagement/ careers activity in schools – now and the future

Engineering UK are undertaking a survey of schools to gather evidence of engagement in STEM related career activity. The research will include case studies of good practice culminating in the production of a report that will focus on schools’ ability to deliver effective STEM careers activities/ engagement. It will seek to answer the following questions:

  1. How well are schools delivering against ambitions in relation to STEM as set out in the careers strategy for England?  Does their ability and resources to do so vary by characteristics of the school e.g. deprivation, % FSM, size?
  2. What needs to be changed or improved in how schools deliver careers information, advice and guidance to enable young people from all backgrounds to consider engineering as a potential career and understand the educational pathways to pursue this?
  3. Do schools have the resources and ability to provide effective STEM engagement and careers activities for young people, regardless of where they live, their gender, ethnicity, socio-economic background or disability?
  4. What are the long-term challenges for schools with respect to delivering STEM engagement and careers activities and what specific challenges or opportunities has the pandemic brought on?
  5. What can and should government do to support schools to provide STEM engagement and careers activities as part of their overall careers programme?

The survey will be conducted in the period December 2020 and January 2021, with a report published in February 2021.

Task group information

The Careers England Board is reviewing its Task Group activity. Consideration will be given to establishing new Task Groups focusing separately on NEET and on Digital Service Delivery.

The Career Development Institute
The Career Development Institute has launched the Career Development Awards 2021. There are eight awards given for excellence in personal achievement, best practice and research and technology. The Notes for Entrants 2021 and Entry Form for 2021 are on the website. 

Careers and Enterprise Company publishes its report on evidence of the Return on Investment of Personal Guidance

https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/our-research/personal-guidance-english-secondary-education-initial-return-investment-estimate

Education and Employers Research – Online research library marks its tenth anniversary
Free to access and searchable by keyword, it features summaries of a wide range of studies with abstracts and links to the full reports:

https://educationandemployers.cmail20.com/t/t-l-xdryuit-ahhhijduk-r/

Nesta’s New Report: Mapping Career Causeways: Supporting workers at risk

Automation is changing the landscape of work, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report provides guidance on how workers (in the UK, France and Italy) can transition out of at-risk occupations and into lower-risk roles. the report can be accessed here:
https://www.nesta.org.uk/report/mapping-career-causeways-supporting-workers-risk/

Quality in Careers Consortium – QiCS

Work is underway with Awarding Bodies on implementing the Board’s Guidelines on virtual assessments of schools and colleges working towards the Standard, the first-ever virtual relicensing panel for Career Connect was successfully completed.

A proposal for a “National Endorsement” of existing quality awards for careers education in primary schools was agreed by the Consortium Board and work will be undertaken to this end in liaison with Awarding bodies. Support received also from DfE and CEC.

Spending Review 2020
There were two big labour market priorities for the Chancellor in last week’s Spending Statement: How to get employment growing again next year, and how to help the unemployed to fill those jobs. It includes a the £3 billion commitment for a new ‘Restart’ programme for the long-term unemployed and a £300 million boost to help maintain funding levels as more 16-19 year olds stay on in education.  The government has also committed more of the National Skills Fund, and made some tweaks to apprenticeship rules particularly around unspent levy funds.
To find out more view Tony Wilson, Director of the Institute of Employment Studies, overview of the Spending Review and how it relates to employment and skills:
https://ersa.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=afd0e469a04b4080f40c183e3&id=645e497b19&e=b2b28feb21

The Careers and Enterprise Company’s annual statement, previously titled A State of The Nation summary, has been published :
https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/our-research/careers-education-englands-schools-and-colleges-2020

City and Guild Group-  Act Now Report or Risk Levelling Down
City and Guilds have co-authored this report with Emsi.
https://www.cityandguildsgroup.com/research/act-now-or-risk-levelling-down-the-life-chances-of-millions

Careers England Newsletter: Issue 156
November 3, 2020
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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:

https://www.careersengland.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Dear-Gillian-Keegan-Open-lettter-final-2-page.pdf


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:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Sm-g5cQeAU2Pc-fdFfJhNLg4cuJofONAhf_wF_rkz7pUOUtOVlNIWlJaSzNEOVMwSEFHVEZSVjVEMy4u

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.

https://dmhassociates.org/1245-1345-why-inclusion-is-integral-to-reskilling-britain-and-our-long-term-recovery
 
https://dmhassociates.org/digital-delegate-toolkit
 
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
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/oct/20/sage-experts-warn-of-impact-of-covid-policies-on-young-generation-z-harm-pandemic-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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.
https://secureservercdn.net/160.153.137.40/ope.c3a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Youth-Unemployment-Who-will-Need-Help-and-Policy-Design.pdf

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.
https://www.collegecommission.co.uk/final-report-uk
 
ERSA: Meet the Primes of CAEHRS
November 2, 2020
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Through the work of ERSA, organisations have the opportunity to hear on YouTube from the following organisations who have been awarded a successful place on the DWP’s new Commercial Agreement for Employment and Health Related Services, the CAEHRS Framework.

The following ERSA members have been grouped in the order they presented. 

Group 1 

Jobs 22
Palladium International
Pinnacle Housing (PORTRUS)
Seetec Pluss
Serco Group

Watch this group again here

Group 2

Capita Group
Fedcap Employment
G4S Regional Management (UK&I)
Ingeus UK
Shaw Trust

Watch this group again here

Group 3

Adecco Working Ventures
Business 2 Business
The Growth Company
Twin Training International
WISE Ability

Group 4

Watch this group again here

Standguide
The Salvation Army Trustees
Cumbria Chamber of Commerce
Go Train
Sodexo

Watch this group again here

The full list of CAEHRS Framework organisations is here.

Check ERSA’s opportunities hub for details of open opportunities. 

*SAVE THE DATE(S)
The following meeting dates and agendas are being shared directly with ERSA members this week and following these meetings we’ll be inviting applications for chairs/vice chairs for all. Get in touch if you are interested in one of these opportunities via events@ersa.org.uk (ERSA members only)

Wales                               
3 November, 2 – 3.30pm

Central England             
4 November, 10 – 11.30am

Scotland                  
5 November, 10am – 12pm  (extended meeting for Employment Support Scotland)     

North East                       
6 November 10 – 11.30am

In Conversation with the DWP
6 November, 3 – 5pm

ERSA members will be joined by representatives from the DWP; 

  • Mark Leigh, Deputy Director, Head of Employment Services Category, Department for Work and Pensions, Commercial Directorate, Finance Group
  • Karina Stibbards, Deputy Director, Labour Market Strategy, Labour Market, Families and Disadvantage Directorate, Policy Group;
  • Nick Butler, Employment Account Director, Department for Work and Pensions, Finance Group, Contract Management and Partner Delivery Directorate.

ERSA members can submit questions in advance of the session via membership@ersa.org.uk.

North West                     
9 November 10-11.30am

Southern                         
10 November 10 – 11.30am

London & Home Counties
12 November, 10.30am – 12pm

*With regret, these meetings are limited to ERSA members only

ERSA membership might be more accessible than you think
Membership is per organisation, with unlimited staff access to services and events, rates start from £300 for the next 12 months. Information on joining the voice of employment support can be found at https://ersa.org.uk/membership/registerIn case you missed it

Prior Notice of DWP Tier 3 and Flexible Support Fund Dynamic Purchasing System 2 (FSF DPS 2) – Market Engagement Activity

Meet the Primes of CAEHRS 

DWP’s new framework for employment and health related services announced

Complimentary aelp Webinar
October 5, 2020
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OVERVIEW
The mental health training market has boomed in the last 5 years, with courses such as Mental Health First Aid now incredibly popular amongst employers. Job applicants and staff with recognised skills in this area are considered increasingly attractive to organisations. 

But with that boom has come a plethora of different courses – from personal well-being to mental health advocacy, stress management to suicide prevention. 

Organisations considering introducing such courses face a huge breadth of choice, and often some confusion as to which options might work best for them. Beyond selecting the “right” product, there’s staff competence in delivering the subject, safe recruitment of learners onto a course that may contain sensitive materials and a lack of clarification as to which qualifications are fully fundable and which aren’t. 

This webinar will be delivered by an organisation that is very active in this market, but not looking to deliver Government-funded provision. You can be sure of an honest and thorough walk-through of options and hazards, to enable you to answer the question “what, if any, courses should we run?”

OBJECTIVES
This webinar will focus on:
– Why mental well-being is high on the education agenda
– What subjects the training might cover
– The potential pitfalls of delivering mental health training
– Qualification options
– The role of unaccredited learning and pastoral support

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Managers and leaders from the skills sector considering mental health training for the 16+ market.

DELEGATE FEES
This webinar is sponsored by CACHE. Please register with your business email address for your complimentary place. 

THE PACKAGE
Access to the live webinar, recording, slides and Q&As after the webinar.
BOOK HERE
Complimentary aelp Webinar
September 21, 2020
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OVERVIEW

The mental health training market has boomed in the last 5 years, with courses such as Mental Health First Aid now incredibly popular amongst employers. Job applicants and staff with recognised skills in this area are considered increasingly attractive to organisations.

But with that boom has come a plethora of different courses – from personal well-being to mental health advocacy, stress management to suicide prevention.

Organisations considering introducing such courses face a huge breadth of choice, and often some confusion as to which options might work best for them. Beyond selecting the “right” product, there’s staff competence in delivering the subject, safe recruitment of learners onto a course that may contain sensitive materials and a lack of clarification as to which qualifications are fully fundable and which aren’t.

This webinar will be delivered by an organisation that is very active in this market, but not looking to deliver Government-funded provision. You can be sure of an honest and thorough walk-through of options and hazards, to enable you to answer the question “what, if any, courses should we run?”

OBJECTIVES

This webinar will focus on:

  • Why mental well-being is high on the education agenda
  • What subjects the training might cover
  • The potential pitfalls of delivering mental health training
  • Qualification options
  • The role of unaccredited learning and pastoral support

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Managers and leaders from the skills sector considering mental health training for the 16+ market.

DELEGATE FEES

This webinar is sponsored by CACHE. Please register with your business email address for your complimentary place. 

THE PACKAGE

Access to the live webinar, recording, slides and Q&As after the webinar.

REGISTER HERE

Complimentary aelp Webinar
September 17, 2020
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OVERVIEW

The Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting lockdown presented unique challenges for all of us – creating problems we hadn’t previously encountered and forcing the implementation of new ways of working, without notice.

Every person and every organisation had a unique experience, but what we wanted to uncover was – what were the experiences we shared? And what can we learn from it all to enable business recovery? In July and August of this year, supported by Bud, AELP surveyed the provider base to better understand how their organisations had coped with the challenges of lockdown.

This webinar will outline the results not only of the survey, but of follow-up interviews conducted with many respondents where we were able to unpack with them some of the hard data and get a much better flavour of how the sector coped – of what lessons were learned, what will be taken forward beyond the lockdown/pandemic period – and of course, what didn’t work so well!

OBJECTIVES

This webinar will enable providers to:

  • Compare their own experience against those of the wider sector
  • Share best practice and learn from mistakes
  • Plan for future events of this nature such as a second wave, or a local lockdown

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The survey was aimed at front-line providers and the results are therefore likely to be of most relevance to organisations directly delivering work-based learning – in particular apprenticeships. Staff with responsibility for contingency planning will also find this of benefit.

DELEGATE FEES

This webinar is sponsored by Bud. Please register with your business email address for your complimentary place. 

THE PACKAGE

Access to the live webinar, recording, slides and Q&As after the webinar.

Register Here

Careers England Newsletter: Issue 154
August 28, 2020
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DfE Meeting:  National Careers Service

A meeting was held with National Careers Service prime contractors to discuss the risks and opportunities posed by the extra £32m of NCS funding to March 2022 announced by Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

The meeting came about as a result of the concerns shared by the provider network, which focus on the capacity of providers to scale up resources and activity in a 100% payment-by-results contract and the mis-alignment of NCS customer priority groups, as defined  by ESFA, with the needs of NCS customers presenting for help as a consequence of the job losses brought about by the pandemic.

Following this meeting NCS provider views and recommendations were shared with Richard Simper, Deputy Director and Jane Hubbuck, Head of Careers Policy Unit at DfE, to highlight the risks to the success of NCS resulting from the points above, with a view to seeking a review of NCS priorities and the funding mechanism to enable providers to deliver on the pledges made by Government in July. The outcome of the meeting was an agreement by DfE to meet with ESFA to discuss the concerns and the set of proposed recommendations. It is anticipated that due to annual leave commitments, this may follow in September.
 
Response from Gavin Williamson to CDPG open letter promoting a careers guidance guarantee

The Career Development Policy Group (CDPG) received widespread and overwhelming support for the letter to the Secretary of State for Education as part of our campaign to raise the profile of careers guidance in the context of emergency measures needed to counter the worst economic effects of the Covid pandemic. The letter was widely distributed and is available on the Careers England website. A detailed response has recently been received from the office of Gavin Williamson; this is also available on the Careers England website. At the time of publishing this Newsletter, the CDPG is considering the Government’s response and how far this goes in addressing the gaps in current careers provision for young people and adults. Campaign activity is ongoing, and work is already under way in engaging key policy makers and influencers at national, regional and local levels to promote careers guidance for all. Updates will be available in future Newsletters and via Twitter and Linkedin in the interim period. Careers England members are invited to visit both social media platforms to keep abreast of developments and to share within member networks.
https://www.careersengland.org.uk/2020/08/13/campaign-for-a-careers-guidance-guarantee/
 
CEC Personal Guidance (PG) Steering Group

The latest steering group meeting provided an update on the progress being made across all the PG projects that are operating with the £2.48m of CEC funding devoted to this area of work in schools and colleges. The feedback demonstrates that CEC are ahead of each of their targets:

31,000 PG sessions delivered
124 Careers Advisers trained
179 schools and colleges engaged.

6 projects are due to end in September 2020 and a further 10 in March 2021, where extensions have been applied for and agreed. Amongst the early successes being reported are:

More blended models of delivery being created
Higher engagement of parents in the PG process, and
Development of new strategies to promote online engagement of young people.

Some of the challenges highlighted are:

More difficult to get students attend online sessions
Other priorities taking precedence in schools, leading to less engagement

A considerable focus was placed on quality systems, with a 5 point plan being devised to ensure an integrated and whole-school approach from Year 7, involving a range of school, college and education professionals prior to engagement a qualified Careers Adviser.

The ongoing work on researching the rate of Return on Investment (ROI) of personal guidance has led CEC to be very confident of the very positive way that personal (careers) guidance pays for itself. Evidence points both to positive returns for the Exchequer and the economic and social benefit for individuals. The ROI report is in the latter stages of production.


Youth Employment Group (YEG) Recommendations

With nearly 1 in 7 young people in the claimant count and LFS data showing a rise in young people not in full time education or employment to over 1 million, the highest it’s been since 2015, the YEG has published its recommendations, which are drawn from the work the Group and its working groups have undertaken over recent months. They build on the positive announcements in the government’s Plan for Jobs in order to create more opportunities for young people, help employers, provide the right information and advice, support self employment and build the evidence on ‘what works’, as well as set the objectives to monitor the government’s progress in supporting young people during the economic crisis and beyond.

Careers England has signed up in support of the recommendations, albeit there are only certain recommendations that are specifically related to our work. A communications strategy is being developed by YEG for a formal launch and sharing of the Recommendations at which point they will appear in the News section of the Careers England website.
 
Task group information

No updates to share from the Task Groups for this month.
News from across the sector

ASCL calls for independent inquiry into exam results fiasco 
https://schoolsweek.co.uk/ascl-calls-for-independent-inquiry-into-exam-results-fiasco/

Apprenticeship assessment oversight change was needed as Ofqual has the regulatory levers to enforce changes
https://feweek.co.uk/2020/08/06/apprenticeship-assessment-oversight-change-was-needed-as-ofqual-has-the-regulatory-levers-to-enforce-changes/

 How to Reboot Apprenticeships
https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/CSJJ8393-Apprenticeships-200806-v2-final-web-version.pdf

Making career decisions: How influencers can help
https://myfuture.edu.au/docs/default-source/insights/making-career-decisions-how-influencers-can-help.pdf

A short history of employer engagement
https://www.educationandemployers.org/a-short-history-of-employer-engagement/

Funding to support employment and training in Wales
https://gov.wales/funding-support-employment-and-training-wales

AOC Blog Why careers guidance is more important than ever
https://www.aoc.co.uk/blog/why-careers-guidance-more-important-ever
Information, consultations and resources

Qdos Careers App- available now (free to all)
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1524921452
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hongwei.careersapp

National Careers Service resources
The Department for Education has developed two new papers on post-16 and post-18 options for young people.

A short history of employer engagement
https://www.educationandemployers.org/a-short-history-of-employer-engagement/

Apprenticeships Survey
71% of  Employer respondents estimated a decrease in apprenticeship recruitment.
https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/media/4410/covid-19_pulse_survey_june_2020_results.xlsx
 Conferences, events and training

Careers Summit 2021
Our Careers Summit was due to take place on 5th November. We have decided to postpone it to 16th March 2021 so that we can safely run a physical event, which allows for networking and better engagement of attendees, rather than opt for an online event. This decision was taken after consultation with the Board of Carers England. Further details will follow.

 Evolving Education and Careers – DMH Associates, 20th – 22nd October 2020 
This three-day virtual conference sponsored by the Edge Foundation will offer policymakers, practitioners, employers and researchers from around the globe the opportunity to come together and exchange ideas, learn from each other and transform education and careers policies and practices. Register here
Help Shape the Future of Funding for Apprenticeships

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (@IfATechEd) launches a consultation on refined plans for a more transparent funding band recommendation approach 

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A second public consultation is being launched today to gather views on how the Institute should recommend the maximum government funding contribution for apprenticeships.

We have also responded to our previous consultation on this topic, which took place between February and May this year.

Anna West, deputy director for apprenticeship funding and approvals, said:

“Our goal is to introduce a more transparent and evidence-based system. I would like to thank everyone for taking part in the first consultation. We have taken on board your feedback to further improve our approach.“The refined model now being consulted on would be based on independent evidence, but also offer flexibility to employers to provide further information to ensure they receive appropriate levels of funding. I would like to urge as many people as possible who care about the future of apprenticeships to take part.”

The funding band system as a whole supports employers, helping more to benefit from apprenticeship levy funding by delivering value for money in the programme. 

The Institute launched the project to develop a new approach in response to feedback that the existing system, based around employers gathering quotes for how much training costs and comparisons with existing standards and qualifications, was not transparent enough.

report by IFF Research into the actual costs of delivering apprenticeships was used to develop a more transparent model, drawing on average eligible delivery costs, which is now being consulted on.

The first consultation set out our core model and asked for views on addressing differences in costs.

We were pleased to receive over 200 consultation responses. The majority indicated that the proposed model was simpler to understand and strengthened transparency.

We used feedback from respondents to develop a single approach that provides trailblazers with an early estimate of the maximum government funding level their apprenticeship stands to receive based on an automated “rates-based” model.

If a trailblazer considers this inappropriate, they can provide information to allow us to make a bespoke estimate of likely eligible costs.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks, closing at midnight on 6 October 2020. A series of supportive virtual roadshow events will also take place during this period.

Careers England Newsletter: 153
August 3, 2020
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DfE engagement
Two meetings have been held in July with Deputy Director of Careers at DfE, Richard Simper, and the new Head of the Careers Policy Unit, Jane Hubbuck. The discussions centred on the recent Plan for Jobs and Youth Offer as unveiled by the Chancellor of the Exchequer; and the FE White Paper which is due in the autumn. In welcoming the additional £32m for the National Careers Service (NCS), Careers England asked for the NCS offer to be reviewed in light of the challenges faced by customers in a changing labour market. The changes proposed focused on changing the Priority Group status and the Payment by Results mechanism to enable providers to manage the risks as the NCS faces increased demand for its services. DfE indicated that there are no immediate plans to make any changes, but would keep the Priority Groups under review. A further meeting is being sought with DfE to investigate how specific changes to the NCS offer can enable the best response to the crisis and to get the best return for the increased NCS budget in the face of the pressure to perform.

DfE’s response to the question of access to careers guidance featured the growth of Careers Hubs and the development of Personal Guidance in response to Gatsby Benchmark 8. The entitlement gap still remains and it is unlikely that there will be any new money in the Spending Review to ensure that this gap is plugged. The FE White Paper is likely to include reference to the new Careers Strategy and DfE officials have agreed to meet again with Careers England in September to discuss proposals.

Career Development Policy Group
The CDPG has been meeting on a weekly basis and has been active in producing an emergency career development plan post Covid-19, which received overwhelming support across the sector and amongst key political leaders. It pre-dated the Chancellor’s announcement of the Plan for Jobs, which we welcome, but we still need support to achieve the Career Guidance Guarantee. Find out how you can get involved.

Youth Employment Group (YEG)
Careers England has recently joined the YEG, which coordinates activity to influence policy on jobs and training for young people. The YEG represents a wide range of bodies, from large networks and service providers to smaller community organisations. It has been effective in engaging Government officials and has lobbied on a range of youth employment issues and initiatives. 

The YEG will produce a Recommendations Paper by September and will seek support and signatures from across the sector for as many of the recommendations as possible; Careers England will seek to align the CDPG recommendations with YEG’s and have them included.

Parliamentary Questions
Recent lobbying of MPs has led to a number of Parliamentary Questions being asked. The most recent questions in the House of Lords shows support for young people to have access to independent and professional careers guidance. Government responses default to the work of the National Careers Service and the Careers and Enterprise Company, but much more is needed and Careers England will continue to work with partners to identify how Government can respond to address the fragmented nature of services for young people and adults.
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
Am I still needed? Making careers guidance better for everyone – Deirdre Hughes OBE has written an article on economic recovery post-Covid and considers those most affected by the pandemic.

Stepping up to support choice for our next generation – John Yarham sets out the need for careers support post-Covid.
 
‘Looming mass unemployment’ – Stephen Evans, Learning & Work Institute – FE News

Coronavirus lost school time will hurt economy for 65 years – BBC

Revealed: The twenty colleges sharing the £5.4m college collaboration fund – FE Week

Sixth formers able to haggle for top UK universities under new grading system – Guardian

A-level and GCSE results to be higher this summer – BBC

Major overhaul of higher technical education announced – Gov.uk

Trainee trainer applications surge by 65% in England – The Guardian
Information, consultations and resources

National Careers Service resources
The Department for Education has developed two new papers on post-16 and post-18 options for young people.

APPG apprenticeship report
The APPG on apprenticeships has published its annual report to government. The recommendations include developing a cross-departmental apprenticeship strategy to respond to Covid-19, and setting up an apprenticeship working group with employers, training providers and professional bodies to develop innovative ways to retain apprentices and ensure the continuing talent pipeline.

UKSPF
ERSA is continuing to shape the work around influencing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). They are asking organisations to contribute to a survey on UKSPF and what follows for employment and skills. You can contribute 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.  

Evolving Education and Careers – DMH Associates, 20th – 22nd October 2020 
This three-day virtual conference sponsored by the Edge Foundation will offer policymakers, practitioners, employers and researchers from around the globe the opportunity to come together and exchange ideas, learn from each other and transform education and careers policies and practices. Register here.
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