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to the TUC in defence of the Union Learning Fund which has been notified by Government that it will have its funding withdrawn.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:

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:

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

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:

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:

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:

The Careers and Enterprise Company’s annual statement, previously titled A State of The Nation summary, has been published :

City and Guild Group-  Act Now Report or Risk Levelling Down
City and Guilds have co-authored this report with Emsi.

Careers England Newsletter: Issue 154
August 28, 2020
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.
News from across the sector

ASCL calls for independent inquiry into exam results fiasco

Apprenticeship assessment oversight change was needed as Ofqual has the regulatory levers to enforce changes

 How to Reboot Apprenticeships

Making career decisions: How influencers can help

A short history of employer engagement

Funding to support employment and training in Wales

AOC Blog Why careers guidance is more important than ever
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

Apprenticeships Survey
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
Careers England Newsletter: 153
August 3, 2020
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 –

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.

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.
Careers England Newsletter: Issue 152
June 25, 2020
Latest Careers England News

Covid-19 response update: We’ve been lobbying the government for more careers support to help individuals manage the implications of the recession. In April, Careers England and the Career Development Institute (CDI) in partnership with dmh associates (Deirdre Hughes OBE) conducted an online survey to identify how careers companies and careers professionals in England were responding to the impact of Covid-19 and the social distancing lockdown measures. The main purpose was to investigate how careers companies and practitioners were responding to customer needs and to identify current trends and recommendations to inform public policy. The findings highlight a key question for citizens during and after the pandemic; where do I go for careers support? Download the full paper and recommendations. As part of the Career Development Policy Group, we have put together a plan to maintain employment, productivity and progression post-Covid-19. The paper includes recommendations for the short, medium and long term including funding linked to the national careers strategy. The government has already announced an additional £2m for careers hubs across the country.

We have also signed an open letter to Boris Johnson alongside 200 organisations calling on the government to commit to a new Opportunity Guarantee to: 
– Promote job creation by investing in the jobs that we need for the future
– Double the capacity in services that help people into jobs,
– Provide an education place, apprenticeship, or job for every young person. 
The letter is available to read here.

Please help support us by writing to your MP and sharing via your networks. 

Latest Labour Market Stats: The Learning and Work Institute has pulled together an analysis of the ONS statistics from February – April 2020. It shows that despite the government’s unprecedented measures to protect jobs, the Covid-19 crisis has triggered the sharpest rise in unemployment we have ever seen; going back to 1922. Chief Executive Stephen Evans calls for investment in employment support job creation, and a youth guarantee. Read more.
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
Bank of England ‘ready to act’ as the economy shrinks record 20% – BBC

Five key considerations for making an apprentice guarantee a reality by Robert Halfon MP – FE News

Coronavirus: child psychologists highlight mental health risk of lockdown – BBC

AoC calls for £3.6bn post-pandemic skills package – FE Week

Government to fund private tutors for English schools – The Guardian

£7 million for vulnerable pupils leaving alternative provision –

Rashford seeks more change after food voucher win – BBC

Apprenticeship starts expected to drop by 50% this September – FE News

Covid-19 affects BAME youth mental health more than white peers – The Guardian
Information, Consultations and Resources

Employability Day 2020: Employability Day is a national campaign coordinated by ERSA, taking place this Friday 26th June. The day is an opportunity for employment support organisations to celebrate their hard work supporting people to enter or progress in employment. It allows organisations to shout about their success and drive understanding across key stakeholders at local, regional and national level. Get involved @ERSA_news #EmpDay20  

What are the prospects for young people joining the labour market now?: The Economics Observatory has pulled together evidence suggesting that young people leaving full-time education in the Covid-19 recession will find it much harder to secure employment and even harder to enter well-paid jobs. Read the review here.Covid-19 resources
The CDI has created a new page on its website to locate reports and research related to career development and the current Covid-19 pandemic.
#SkillsWorldLIVE: Our Executive Director Steve Stewart contributed to episode 21 of the SkillsWorld podcast – ‘careers advice and guidance – is it fit for purpose?’ Listen back 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.  
June 5, 2020

In April 2020, Careers England and the Career Development Institute (CDI) in partnership with dmh associates, conducted an online survey to identify how careers companies and careers professionals in England were responding to the impact of Covid-19 and the social distancing lockdown measures.

View the full report here

The main purpose was to investigate how careers companies and practitioners were responding to customer needs and to identify current trends and recommendations to inform public policy.

The survey took place between 24th April 2020 to 10th May 2020. This was primarily aimed at careers companies and practitioners in England1 . The findings highlight a key question for citizens during and after the pandemic is where do I go to for careers support?

Main recommendations include the urgent need for:

 a national Youth Employment Taskforce with cross-departmental ‘buy in’ and joint action plan. Government departments to adopt a more joined up approach, particularly between DWP and DfE, including the National Retraining Service, to clearly signpost individuals to quality-assured career development professionals’ support services.

• every young person in school or college aged 16 -19 (in Years 11-13) to be immediately guaranteed a careers interview with a trained and qualified career development professional to ameliorate the effects of exams cancelled and to ensure young people’s progress is not impeded. This would ensure young people would have as a minimum careers support contact worker and a personalised plan. The Department for Education (DfE) has a duty of care to these young people.

• an enhancement of the existing September guarantee so that all young people, particularly those facing the likelihood of unemployment including apprentices and trainees, receive careers coaching, guidance and/or mentoring support.

 a highly visible national media campaign to promote careers support available to young people and adults, including telephone helpline, web resources and where to find local careers advice from trained and qualified careers advisers/ coaches.

 a broadening of the National Careers Service to include face-to-face careers support for all young people, similar to other parts of the UK i.e. a recognisable place to go for high quality careers support. The role and remit of the Careers and Enterprise Company should also be reviewed in this context and the DfE / Education and Skills Founding Agency (ESFA) should revisit and assess the efficacy of the current Payment-By-Results arrangement.

 a local careers support framework in each local authority/local enterprise partnership (LEP) area designed to champion young people to employers with a relentless focus on opportunities, particularly those with special educational needs (SEN) at risk of being pushed further away from the labour market.

 a minimum guaranteed income for those most vulnerable to assist and support their transition to learning, training and/or work.

• a system in place for career development professionals to track destinations and offer additional wrap around support for those most vulnerable and those not in education, employment and/or training (NEETs).Whilst this is a Local Authority responsibility, it is not carried out to the standard that was provided a decade ago given Local Authorities budget cuts – greater investment is needed at the present time.

The National Careers Service in England already works with Local Authorities, Community Groups, Colleges, Housing Associations, Voluntary organisations etc., serving the needs of adults. More recently, area-based contractors have a new responsibility for providing a telephone helpline service.

Prior to the pandemic, European and world organisations called on governments to invest in career guidance. Many employment support programmes start with CV writing or providing evidence of job search; however, the first challenge for many people who experience job loss or other barriers is to build their confidence, understand their own interests and skills, and identify opportunities that might fit them well.

Whilst many careers companies and careers professionals currently feel under-valued by government in England, they know for sure that in whatever scenario that lies ahead their services will be needed and they are poised and ready to respond.

Share your views with dmh associates here.

Careers England Newsletter May 2020: Issue 151
May 26, 2020
Covid-19 response
We are working with the CDI and the Department for Education to identify rapid responses to support young people and adults through the recession. Careers guidance is the catalyst to ensuring individuals get the right support at this challenging time, both short and longer term, and our paper on the economic benefits of careers guidance supports this. We will share updates as we can.  

New Careers England Executive Director 
A message from our Chair, Katharine Horler:
Following the selection process agreed by the Board we are delighted that Kieran Gordon has been offered the role of Executive Director for Careers England, which he has accepted.  I don’t suppose Kieran needs much introduction to most members or the sector, we are very lucky that he will be joining the team in this new capacity and I am absolutely confident that he will take over where Steve has left off and build on the excellent work that Steve and Jessica have undertaken during their time with Careers England. We are currently working on a remote handover. We would also like to welcome Career Connect’s new Chief Executive, Barry Fletcher, who we are looking forward to working with.

National Careers Service ‘repurposed’
Director of the National Careers Service Joe Billington says that the National Careers Service has repurposed all of its advice and guidance about learning and work, to offer support to people affected by Covid-19 to find opportunities now and plan for the future recovery. Alongside support and advice offered to individuals, a Skills Toolkit has been launched with the Department for Education to help those whose jobs have been affected. 

Earlier this month the National Careers Service held a Virtual Jobs Fair across England where over 1000 jobs were identified and promoted to local job seekers.Career Development Policy Group
With a strong focus on providing enhanced personal careers guidance for young people and adults, we feel that there is an urgent need for the government to establish an employment and career development task force to provide innovative ideas to mitigate the worst effects of the impending labour market crisis. We believe that working together and sharing ideas will enable us to develop a youth transition strategy to ensure that young people, most critically in Years 11 and 13, do not become a lost generation; and to influence government to adequately resource the National Careers Service to advise adults and young people about how they can respond to the uncertainty and changes in the labour market.Read the letter sent topoliticians, civil servants and stakeholders.

CEC strategic partnership
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company. Both organisations are committed to supporting the Government’s careers strategy and backing the adoption of the Gatsby Benchmarks in all schools and colleges across England. John Yarham, Interim Chief Executive said: The generation of young people about to enter the world of work are going to face unprecedented challenges. More than ever, it’s important that as a sector we pull together to make sure they get the support they need to flourish. That is why we’re delighted to announce this partnership with Careers England.” 

#SkillsWorld live
Earlier this month our Executive Director Steve Stewart contributed to the discussion on whether we should abolish the target of sending 50% of young people to university. You can listen back to the episode here.
Task group informationOur 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 sectorCoronavirus set to reverse five years of unemployment growth in one month – Learning & Work Institute

Government to take ownership of colleges – FE Week

What are the job prospects for the class of 2020? – Financial Times

Government announces bounceback loans for small businesses –

Government social mobility tzar Dame Martina Milburn resigns – Schools Week

HE support package could negatively impact English sector – THE

Unions tell staff ‘not to engage’ with plan for 1 June school openings – The Guardian

Employers are slashing graduate jobs. But students mustn’t lose hope – The Guardian 
Information, consultations and resourcesCareerTech challenge 
From game-based learning platforms, to AI-driven careers advice, Nesta Challenges and the Department for Education have announced the innovations shortlisted for the £5.75 million CareerTech Challenge. The ideas from a wide range of innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists have been identified as those with the greatest potential to equip adults across England with the tools and skills to navigate a rapidly changing world of work.
 Safe and ethical use of web video conferencing
Lockdown has quickly meant finding new ways of working with clients remotely. The CDI is running webinars on this and has recently published a new position paper – Safe and ethical use of web videoconferencing for personal careers guidance – to support members work online with their clients.  The paper is on the reports and resources page of the website.

Gatsby benchmarks and social mobility: impacts to date
The iCeGS has published a paper on recent developments in policy and careers strategy in England using the Gatsby benchmarks to measure progress. Download the paper.
Conferences, events and trainingCareers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November and bookings are open. Register now!
Careers England Covid-19 Survey
April 24, 2020
Careers England is working with The CDI and DMH Associates to gather intelligence on the impact of Covid-19 on the careers sector.

They would really appreciate you completing our survey which should take no more than 10 minutes.
The results will allow them to speak with a collective voice to government on financial and other implications of C19, and ensure we represent the views of our members. 
Take the Survey
Careers England: Newsletter 149
April 16, 2020
Covid-19 response
It’s a very challenging time for organisations who rely on the delivery of face to face services. We’ve been lobbying the government to support careers organisations at this crucial time. Here’s some additional work we’ve been doing to support our members:Published an article on rethinking payment-by-results outlining our position on relaxing the current funding rules – a message we are advocating to ESFA and the National Careers Service Published a press release on time for reflection signposting people to the National Careers Service and highlighting the important role careers guidance has to play in uncertain timesSubmitted evidence to the Education Select Committee’s Covid-19 inquiry on the business implications for careers companies – we encourage members to do the same. 

We’re recruiting!
The Board of Careers England are looking to appoint a new Executive Director following the current post holder’s retirement. All details are available on our website.

New members
We are very pleased to announce that two of our longstanding partners; The Career Development Institute (CDI) and The Careers & Enterprise Company are now members of Careers England. Now more than ever it’s vital that the sector pulls together and we hope to be able to achieve more through this strengthened partnership. 

New Labour cabinet
Keir Starmer has been announced as Labour’s new leader, and he has wasted no time in appointing the shadow cabinet. Angela Rayner MP has been promoted from shadow education secreatry to shadow first secretary of state. Rebecca Long-Bailey has been appointed as Rayner’s replacement and you can find out about her via this FE Week rundown.  
Task group information
Our position paper on employer and community engagement is now available on our website. Please share with your networks to remind people 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
School closures are a catalyst for much needed reform – Schools Week

‘Recruitment is on hold’ – the students graduating into the Covid-19 recession – The Guardian

Teachers to grade students for cancelled exams – BBC

Awarding Vocational and Technical Qualifications this summer –

Full steam ahead as T Level qualification content launched – FE Week

Employers urge DfE to protect FE sector – TES
Information, consultations and resources
Covid-19 resources
ERSA has pulled together resources for the sector in its employability resource hub, which includes useful links for businesses, charities and a range of guidance and support. 

Youth Futures Foundation grants
The Youth Futures Foundation has launched its rolling grants programme for organisations working with people aged 14 – 24. The foundation is also looking into emergency funding to support organisations through Covid-19.  

Labour market impact of Covid-19
The Institute of Employment Studies has launched a new report Getting Back to Work: Dealing with the labour market impacts of the Covid-19 recessionwhich looks at unemployment rates vs lockdown, and how the economy might recover.

Pathway Planner Tool: Information & Resources
Careerpilot in collaboration with the Careers and Enterprise Company have developed an electronic triage tool that will help staff in schools and colleges to prioritise personal guidance. Following a pilot of the model in six schools the tool is now ready to be launched across the region. The Careerpilot Pathway Planner Tool will allow staff to:
Access resources to help students prepare for guidance
Assess student guidance needs through the electronic triage tool
Prioritise student personal guidance on basis of triage results
Record bookings & write up results of personal guidance sessions
View a timeline to evidence student need, intervention and progression
Help meet the requirements of Gatsby 3 and Gatsby 8.
Conferences, events and training
Save the date – Careers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November – please hold the date in your diary and watch this space for further information.  
ViewPoint: Careers Expertise in a Time of Crisis – Rethink Current Payment by Results (PBR)
March 30, 2020

By Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates & Associate Fellow, University of Warwick IER.

Across England, National Careers Service Prime Contractors are facing imminent collapse at a time when their support services and expertise are most needed in local communities, Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE warned today.

Dr Deirdre Hughes

Careers England has been in conversation with government about practical and ‘common sense’ ways of ensuring Careers Companies do not financially collapse in this time of national crisis. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) model of payment by results (PBR) which includes undertaking face-to-face and group sessions is now unworkable. Other DfE funded initiatives such as the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) have slackened their PBR rules and organisations such as the National Lottery Fund are actively trying to support their providers. Equity and fairness in these difficult times is essential.

Careers Companies are monitoring job losses and opportunities, they are also using technology to provide moral and practical support to people who have suddenly lost their income and/or livelihood. These companies are working extremely hard to identify and mitigate the risks that CovID-19 poses but they are already experiencing a significant impact which is only likely to get worse:

  • All staff are working remotely to comply with Government Guidance, many will have to be furloughed as there is not enough work to be undertaken virtually and no funds to pay their salaries.
  • Job centres are working remotely and are only dealing with claims for Universal Credit, which they are deluged with. Making referrals to the National Careers Service is not a priority. They are the biggest referrer to the National Careers Service and therefore the impact on the PBR contract is significant.
  • There are concerns about the viability of some sub-contractors, for example, some have temporarily shutdown
  • All planned events have been cancelled (rightly so) which impacts significantly on Careers Companies’ ability to claim PBR funding from the ESFA unless this stringent approach is relaxed.
  • The largest PBR payments relate to the achievement of Jobs and Learning Outcomes, staff are finding not surprisingly that customers think it is insensitive to be asked if they have managed to find work or training opportunities at this time.

Many Careers Companies are charities and have very little in the form of reserves to call upon. They are all experiencing a reduction in income from the National Careers Service work and the rate of reduction is accelerating. Some companies are trying to secure bank loans to help with cash flow and enable continued trading but this is proving difficult primarily as they have few assets to offer as security.

The ESFA needs to step up and adopt a common sense approach in this unprecedented situation to help Careers Companies survive the challenging months ahead and to ensure that they are in a position to support the many people across England whose jobs and livelihoods will be affected by this crisis. 

The support needed includes:

  • a relaxation of the PBR element of the contract and compliance rules – as a temporary measure
  • an adoption of a payment on profile for a limited number of months
  • a broader definition of priority groups given a large percentage of the population will be affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

When this pandemic is over, young people and adults will need reliable and impartial careers information, advice and guidance which offers hope, guidance and opportunity. Most importantly, individuals will need to be able to ‘put bread on the table’ and thrive in a new social and economic landscape.

Careers England Newsletter 149: March 2020
March 17, 2020

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. 

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. 

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. 

Popularity of vocational training in UK not reflected in funding – FE Week

Top 100 apprenticeship league table launches –

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

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.