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Careers England Newsletter – October 2019: Issue 145
October 28, 2019

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

Careers England Newsletter 135
November 1, 2018
Professionalism in Careers
August 25, 2016

In July 2016, the University of Derby published a briefing paper setting out the background, evidence and key issues relating to professionalism in careers work in England. The work is produced on behalf of Careers England and the Career Development Institute (CDI), but the paper does not represent the policy of either organisations.

The paper highlights how the range of activities that careers professionals are engaged in has broadened over recent years and is now codified in the National Occupational Standards: Career Development (NOS:CD). Recent work at a European level has helped to clarify these roles and to communicate them in an accessible way. The Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) has set out a typology of the activities that comprise the skill base of the careers professional. This is conceptualised as five distinct roles which a professional may combine or specialise in. The paper describes them as:

  1. Career information and assessment expert.  Helping individuals to assess their own strengths and connect them meaningfully to the labour market and the education system.
  2. Career educator . Using pedagogic approaches to develop individuals’ career management skills.
  3. Career counsellor . Using counselling and advice work approaches to help individuals to understand their situation and to progress in the labour market and education system.
  4. Programme and service manager . Works with individuals and organisations to design and deliver career development programmes.
  5. Social systems intervenor and developer . Uses networking, consultancy and advocacy skills to develop organisations and systems and help individuals to succeed within them.

It highlights that the continued professionalisation of the careers development sector remains an ongoing project. Publications from the CDI such as Career Guidance in Schools and Colleges: A Guide to Best Practice and Commissioning Career Guidance Services and the Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education – have helped to support the work being undertaken in schools and colleges. If the profession is to continue to develop it will need to successfully address the following issues.

  • Engage policymakers and persuade them that career development professionals are critical for the achievement of a range of policy goals.
  • Grow public understanding of the nature of the profession. This could include providing the public with more information about what professional careers support would offer them and what to look for when they are trying to access it.
  • Ensure that the initial training routes for both career advisers and career teachers/career leaders in schools are strengthened and that they have the necessary capacity to meet the need for the profession.
  • Continue to develop the profession in line with the new challenges thrown up by the contemporary world. These challenges are likely to include rapid change within the labour market, technological developments and a range of demographic changes. In response to these changes the profession is likely to need to increase its focus on new technologies, group work, consultancy skills and the use of labour market information within initial and continuing training and professional education. The NICE framework offers a strong conceptualisation of what such a twenty-first century careers professional should have mastery over. While this conception aligns well with the NOS:CD there is a need to further embed this kind of expansive conception of the career development professional role across the sector.
  • Carefully monitor the demographics of the profession to ensure its longevity. The sector’s training capacity has declined in recent years and it is likely to be important to look at ways to encourage more people to train as career development professionals over the medium term if the profession is not to face skills shortages.

To read the paper in full click here   Click Here