|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.
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.
|Information, consultations and resources|
Qdos Careers App- available now (free to all)
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
71% of Employer respondents estimated a decrease in apprenticeship recruitment.
| 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