Careers Wales: CareersCraft on Minecraft

CareersCraft is an exciting and innovative new education resource available on Minecraft Education Edition.

The CareersCraft world enables players to develop their future career skills through a series of inspiring lesson plans, all linked to the new Curriculum for Wales. Players will explore some of Wales’ iconic landmarks and discover more about Welsh heritage while they learn.

Players will be asked to complete a range of different challenges and activities at each landmark including: 

  • Learning about a wide range of different types of jobs in the creative industries as they organise a performance at the Millennium Centre 
  • Discovering jobs of the past, present and future while organising an event at Caernarfon Castle 
  • Developing their health and wellbeing by exploring their strengths and interests on a trip to Tenby
  • Mining for the jobs of the future underground at Big Pit, Blaenavon 

Welsh Government has made Minecraft Education Edition available to all schools and learners in Wales. CareersCraft is available on all devices on Minecraft Education Edition.

Where to find CareersCraft

Download our CareersCraft world for Minecraft Education Edition.

Please note: You will need Minecraft Education Edition installed on your device in order to be able to open the CareersCraft world download file.

The game allows students to prepare for the future workplace, building skills like collaboration, teamwork, communication and critical thinking. It also gives players freedom to experiment and encourages creativity. 

Downloadable lesson plans will also be available on both Minecraft Education and Hwb

Images from CareersCraft
CareersCraft: Tenby in a Minecraft world

Tenby in CareersCraft on Minecraft 

CareersCraft: Caernarfon Castle in a Minecraft world

Caernarfon Castle in CareersCraft on Minecraft 


CareersCraft on other systems and consoles

The CareersCraft world will soon be available publicly on an Xbox, Playstation, Switch, and Windows 10.

A demo edition is also available on the Minecraft Java Edition. The demo edition of CareersCraft is available on desktop only (Windows, Mac and Linux)

NCW: The Future of Work Guide 2021
December 2, 2020
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Navigating the future of work can be daunting and overwhelming, especially when there is so much uncertainty about it, and there are several resources out there.

This guide has mainly been created to help careers advisers and teachers to better navigate and understand the future of work, so in turn, they can help students to better prepare for it. It can also be used by anyone else interested in understanding the future of work.

The guide will focus on the changes to the world of work which are expected to happen due to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and resulting automation.

The guide has been created by Mark Preen, who has ten years of experience as an A-Level Economics teacher, and a strong interest in careers and the future of work. If you have any questions or feedback, then you can contact him at mark_preen@hotmail.com.

Online Research Library Marks Ten-Year Anniversary
November 20, 2020
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The online library provides a comprehensive repository of the different and effective approaches to employer engagement and careers education. It brings together the latest thinking with selected research published over the past 40 years.

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Free to access and searchable by keyword, it features summaries of a wide range of studies with abstracts and links to the full reports. Over the last decade the library has become a valuable asset for researchers, academics and policy makers. With research articles and reports from leading figures and education bodies, visitors can examine issues such as employer-led learning, youth employment, career related learning in primary schools, and social mobility, as well as information on gender, ethnicity, and specific subject study such as STEM.

The main library is complemented by an extensive on-line video collection and a physical library. The video collection comprises over 150 videos of researchers discussing their work and its implications for policy and practice, together with conference presentations and seminars.

The physical library located in the Charity’s offices just off Fleet Street, London contains many out-of-print reports, including material from the former Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick, and is accessible by appointment.

Online research library marks ten-year anniversary

The library plays an important role in shaping future direction in the field and driving positive change, explains Dr Anthony Mann, Senior Policy Analyst (Education and Skills) at the OECD:

To understand the impacts of employer engagement in education on young people, employers and society and the characteristics of its most effective and equitable provision, it is essential to draw on high quality research and important to understand how schools and employers have sought to work together in the past.”

“Globally, I am aware of no better resource for accessing high quality materials than the Education and Employers library. Very well catalogued, it an essential resource for anyone interested in ensuring that today’s policy and practice is undertaken in light of existing knowledge.”

The online library can be accessed here.

Chris James, Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Bath reflects on the value of the Research Library:

First things first, Education and Employers has a crucial role in connecting the worlds of education and employment. The links between those two worlds are very significant for society generally, and for young people in schools and colleges, the link between those two worlds is central to their future lives.

It’s easy to develop ideas and conclusions about the relationship between those two worlds on the basis of personal experience and anecdotal evidence. Important though those ideas are, insights from high quality research provide a much more secure and robust base on which to develop theory, make policy and to determine the best actions in practice. Having a secure research-based foundation on which to build thinking about the relationship between education and employment is essential. It informs and underpins high quality policymaking and practice. That’s why the Education and Employers research resources are so important. They provide that essential secure research-based foundation which serious researchers, policymakers and practitioners require. Developed over 10 years, the collection is an invaluable resource for all those who have a serious interest in employee engagement in education, youth employment, education pathways, careers education and all those places where the worlds of education and employment interact.

The library charts developments in and changing attitudes to employee engagement in education and with articles covering a very broad range of issues including employer-led learning, the involvement of the world of work in school governing, careers education in primary schools and social mobility. Very usefully, the research is ‘open access’ – those with an interest in research reports and articles are free to access, which reflects Education and Employers values and charitable status.

The Education and Employers’ research collection has three sections, all of which inform a research-based understanding.

  1. The research library provides succinct and clear summaries of over 200 significant research articles and reports from the last 40 years. Importantly, the articles have been selected on the basis of their academic quality and relevance to careers education and matters that connect the realms and employment and education. The way the library’s structured enables those using it to search by key words – very helpful as any (serious) researcher will tell you. The library gives the abstract and the link to the full report/article. It is a comprehensive collection comprising academic papers and wider research reports from leading research and education bodies including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); The UCL Institute of Education; The International Labour Market; World Economic Forum; the Edge Foundation; the Sutton Trust; the Department for Education; Social Mobility Foundation, King’s College, London; the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD); Universities UK; and importantly, reports of the Education and Employers own research.
  2. The video library is a collection of over 150 videos where leading figures in the field talk about their research. This library also contains footage of conference presentations, symposia and seminars, which are often places where new ideas under development are shared and discussed. Many of these videos are particularly valuable for the way they bring research to life, give valuable summaries and syntheses different ideas.
  3. Education and Employers research blogs are an important source of research information. They provide insights into ongoing research and issues that are emerging in the research world about research projects, and syntheses of ideas. This part of the library contains over 50 blogs. It is a unique collection.

In addition to these e-resources, Education and Employers has a large collection of ‘hard copies’ of research reports of various kinds. They welcome visitors to peruse the collection in person. Make sure you book before you go, though. Just contact the Education and Employers via research@educationandemployers.org to arrange a visit.

All those who have an academic research interest in careers education and the relationship between the spheres of education and employment – academics and masters and doctoral students – will find the research library particularly valuable. It’s so useful to have the key articles and report gathered in one easily accessible place. The videos and the blogs will also give them valuable insights.

Policymakers (those who develop government policy) and practitioners (those at the chalk face as it were) will find the resources in the video library the blogs of particular interest. They may also find the research library resources useful and stimulating. Drawing on the high-quality research reported in the various articles/reports will enhance the authority of their work

Importantly, all those using the resources, both the e-resources and the ‘hard-copy resources’ will find them to be focused, organized and accessible.

In developing the research library, Education and Employers have put together a significant resource for researchers, policymakers and practitioners. I would urge all those who have a serious interest in the interplay between the education world and the employment world to explore the library in depth – it will enhance the quality of their work.

Chris James

November 2020

Engaging Older Volunteers
October 23, 2020
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This guide by the Centre for Ageing Better is designed as a practical tool to support organisations working with volunteers to engage over 50s and widen participation among different types of people.

Helping out

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an outpouring of community spirit and volunteering, which has been critical to the local response. Many older people have made significant contributions to their communities during lockdown, with 30% of people aged 50 to 70 volunteering informally and 87% saying they wanted to continue.

However, others have been prevented from helping during this time and may now require support.

The five actions in this guide include approaches tested before lockdown and provide insights into how taking an age-friendly and inclusive approach prepared Ageing Better and DCMS’ five grant funded projects across England to respond to the pandemic and can support organisations to re-engage volunteers and widen participation among those aged 50 and over in future.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we hope these actions can help sustain and build on those efforts.

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Coursera: Looking for Expert Career Resources?
September 2, 2020
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Starting a new journey is a big step, and you might feel nervous—especially if you’re not sure where to go or how to get there. When it comes to making a new career move, feeling confident about your learning choices is important. That’s where our career experts can help!

Today, we’re excited to share our new Coursera Job Search Resources.

With these free job search how-to guides, webinars, and more, you’ll be able to confidently connect your learning goals to continuing career success.
Grow your career with these free courses
Converting Challenges into Opportunities

Career planning: resume/CV, cover letter, interview

Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age

Introduction to Personal Branding

The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know

Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis

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International Resources
July 21, 2020
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The Canadian Careers Development Foundation (CCDF) is a non-profit organization that works to advance career services and the capacity of the profession to respond with empathy and skill to their clients and stakeholders in an ever-changing work environment. CCDF is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field of career development. 

They provide a range of free resources including the following:

Job Search Workbook

If you’re ready to find a job, this guide is for you.  Through a step-by-step effective and proven job search process, this workbook will help you:

  • Find work that it a right fit for you and your skills,
  • Help you develop the tools you need to be ready for work search, including a good resume, references and a career pitch,
  • Support you in identifying potential jobs, use your networks, tailor your work search tools and present yourself well at job interviews, and
  • Provide tips on accepting a job offer, agreeing on terms of employment and accepting a position in a professional manner.

Job Search Workbook

Career Decision-Making Workbook

If you are unsure what you want to do after school or throughout your career, this guide is for you. Figuring out the next steps of your career journey may seem overwhelming. This guide will take you step-by-step to get clear about what you want and how to get there.

Career Decision-Making Workbook 

Get Your Free Job Hunters’ Workbook
July 3, 2020
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A free job hunter’s workbook from Careers.gov.nz

Are you wondering how to get started again in the job market?

NZ Careers has created a workbook packed with helpful information and tips on how to search for, apply, and get the job you want.

Download the eBook now

icould.com
June 11, 2020
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icould.com uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.

As part of the Education and Employers charity, it helps draw links between school subjects and jobs. It encourages young people to discover opportunities they may not have known about before. And shows what is possible in the world of work.

Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices.

Take a look at:

  • Career videos – from carpenters to city traders, care workers to celebrities, our real-life storytellers offer an inside view of their current job and a personal account of how they got there.
  • Job information – see details of average salary, qualifications, skills, past and future employment levels, and more below every video.
  • Articlesapprenticeships, astronauts or applying for jobs – our articles cover all things career-related, from people sharing their experiences to advice from career experts.
  • Focus On – this series offers ideas and information around key decision points, such as Choices at 14, 16 and 18 and highlights opportunities in particular job areas such as the music industry, the NHS and engineering.
Career Girls®
June 10, 2020
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The mission of Career Girls is for all girls to reach their full potential and discover their own path to empowerment through access to inspiring career role models and supportive girl-centric curriculum.

Based in the United States, CareerGirls.org is a video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. It’s free to use and free of commercials.

It includes over 7,000 video clips featuring more than 400 women role models. These successful women work in different careers—ranging from astronaut to musician to veterinarian—all over the United States.

CareerGirls.org is unique. It provides inspirational and educational videos of real women who have made it in their chosen fields—and combines these videos with other useful tools for both girls and educators. As well as the videos, their site also includes a range of free resources which you may be able to adapt to your own information, advice and guidance environment.

Visit the Careers Girls website HERE

Career Advice Tool Available To All
June 9, 2020
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The interactivediscover me tool provides young people with suggestions of careers that may suit their personality and personal attributes. This is twinned with a ‘pathways’ tool which provides practical advice on what to do next.

The quiz is simple to use and takes about 5 minutes and the outcome report includes career ideas and a career personality map.

Access the tool here

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