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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 – October 2019: Issue 145
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New website and email client
We are pleased to announce that our new website is now live. It provides a more user-friendly platform for pulling our resources together.  We will no longer be operating a log in section as the majority of our papers are public. We have also switched to Mailchimp to issue our member newsletter. If you have any questions or feedback about either the website or newsletter please get in touch.  

Gavin Williamson pledges support for technical education
The new secretary of state used the Conservative Party Conference to outline his support for apprenticeships, vocational and technical education; stating they were “just as important” as university. Williamson will establish a new skills and productivity board to provide strategic advice on skills and qualifications, and put £120 million into twenty new Institutes of Technology across the country. Read the speech in full.

Careers sector gears up for general election
Careers England is working with The CDI and The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) to put together a manifesto for career development ahead of a potential general election. It is based on principles of quality and longevity and we will be asking for all stakeholders for support once finalised. Watch this space for more 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

AELP calls for creation of adult traineeships – TES

Unlawful practices and buck passing over special needs – BBC

Apprenticeship restrictions mean hundreds of millions of pounds of NHS funding going to waste – UNISON

Eton and Harrow use their contacts to help state pupils with careers advice – inews

Adult retraining scheme rolled out to new regions – Gov.uk

Career ambitions ‘already limited by age seven’ – BBC 

T Level campaign launched by government – Gov.uk

OECD says employers need to tackle ‘ingrained assumptions’ about jobs – Education and Employers

Information, consultations and resources

UK Career Development Awards 2020
The CDI has announced categories for the 2020 UK Career Development Awards, which take place next March. There are four personal achievement awards, three best practice awards and two research & technology awards. The awards will be presented following a reception and dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Leeds. All information and notes to entrants can be viewed here. 

Career Development NOS
CLD Standards Council Scotland in partnership with II Aspire have been granted a contract from Skills Development Scotland to carry out a review of the Career Development National Occupational Standards (NOS) which were last reviewed in 2014. As these standards are applicable across the United Kingdom, the CLD Standards Council Scotland and II Aspire will be working with a range of national and local organisations from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) specify the standards of performance individuals must achieve in the workplace, together with the knowledge and understanding required for roles, for most employment sectors including Career Development. Views are being sought on whether the current standards are fit for purpose or whether they require amending. The focus group will take place on 31st October in central London. Please email julie.carruth@iiaspire.co.uk for more information and to register your attendance.

Conferences, events and training

Annual Careers Summit – 12th Nov, London
The Careers Education & Guidance Summit, delivered in partnership with Westminster Briefing and Careers England, will bring together careers professionals from across the public and private sector to share key learnings and tackle the remaining obstacles as we move towards meeting the 2020 Careers Strategy goals. Book here.

CDI national conference 2019 – 2nd / 3rd Dec, Gateshead
Conference themes include the future of work, resilience and well-being, and digital skills for careers professionals. Book here.

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Careers England is delighted to share with you the report of their Task Group looking at best practice in Commissioning.

This valuable piece of work collects together lessons learned and observations from ‘the other side of the fence’. It’s a very useful insight into how providers feel in the commissioning process and gives an insight into approaches that can achieve better outcomes for commissioners, beneficiaries and providers, and improved value for money.

Read more

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