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Report: WHERE DO I GO FOR CAREERS SUPPORT?
June 5, 2020
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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 Covid-19 Survey
April 24, 2020
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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
Free Master Class: T Levles and New Occupational Maps
September 11, 2019
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October 3rd – Birmingham – BVSC Enterprises, Digbeth and October 16th – London – Church House, Westminster

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Overview 

The CDI is working with the DfE to present two, free, half-day sessions focusing on T Levels and the new occupational maps in Manchester and London. Please sign-up now as places are limited to 50 at each event.

Programme

09:30 – Registration and refreshments

10:00 – Welcome, opening remarks and introductions from Chair (Jan Ellis, CDI)

10:10 – Introduction to T Levels and the technical education reforms (Sue Clarke, DfE)

10:40 – Question and answer session – An opportunity for attendees to ask any immediate questions following Sue’s presentation

11:10 – Occupational maps for Technical Education Routes (Natasha Watkinson, Gatsby)

Natasha will introduce the background and development of the occupational maps, highlighting how they present a clear line of sight to employment by describing our technical labour market. Attendees will then have the chance to look at the maps on their tables and ask any questions.

11:30 – Refreshment break

11.50 – How Gatsby are working with local areas to prepare for T Levels (Gatsby)

Natasha will describe Gatsby’s ‘routes ready’ work in local areas which aims to make the most of the opportunities the reforms offer to shape the technical pathways that learners and employers need, and to ensure that staff and institutions are well prepared for the move to T Levels. Includes videos from some of the 2020 providers outlining their progress.

12:10 – Question and answer session, and discussion around opportunities, concerns and what careers advisers will need to help them provide advice to young people on T Levels

A further opportunity for attendees to ask questions and a post-it note exercise to jot down any concerns and opportunities.

12:30 – Feedback

12:50 – Closing remarks

13:00 – Lunch and networking

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Skills Shortages in Film
August 8, 2018
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In this article, Yen Yau from Into Film, reports on skills shortages and especially the demand for numeracy skills in the film industry.

 

 

 

 

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Manufacturing a Career to Success
August 6, 2018
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In this article published by the CDI, Bhavina Bharkhada explains why career inspiration is the key to solving the skills shortage in the manufacturing industry.

MANUFACTURING A CAREER TO SUCCESS

Careers Education in Primary Schools
August 1, 2018
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In this article published by the CDI, Liz Reece looks at the importance of careers education in primary schools and suggests some useful resources.

CDI Article

The Lack of Careers Guidance Before HE
July 30, 2018
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In this article published by the CDI, Anne Wilson reports on how the lack of careers guidance before University affects students.

ARTICLES – CDI

Using FE Data in Careers Decision Making (Free Webinar for CDI Members)

Tuesday 31st July1:30 pm 

The DfE provides a number of tools and data sets related to FE quality that can help inform decisions by learners on what programme of study they may should follow, and which provider they may choose. This webinar aims to support Careers Advisers identify and use some of these tools and data sets and explain how they can be used.

The discussion will focus upon the DfE’s Outcome Based Success Measures (the destinations and earnings of adult learners and apprenticeships) but it will also include an outline of FE Choices, Qualification Achievement Tables and the Compare School and Colleges Website.

This webinar, presented by Richard Watson of the Policy (Performance and Quality), Quality, College Improvement and SponsorshipTeam, Careers and Further Education Group, will be of interest to all career advisers and career leaders working in the FE sector in England.

This event is free for CDI members and £40 for non-members.

Researching Careers in Careers
July 23, 2018
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The International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) at the University of Derby, is undertaking research to find out why career changers choose to work in the career development sector.

Little is known about the Career Development workforce and we would like to better understand the enablers and barriers to attracting new people to our profession.

The Centre and the CDI are interested in the views of practitioners working with adults who have moved into the career development field. They are keen to find out about what attracted you and how you see your career progressing. We value your thoughts on this topic.

All information will be anonymised. Please complete the short survey which can be accessed here

The survey is open until 30th July 2018. 

For more information contact Dr Siobhan Neary, Head of iCeGS at s.neary@derby.ac.uk

 

Employers’ Survey of Skills Shortages in the Career Development Sector
April 16, 2018
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A message and call to action from the Jan Ellis, CEO of the CDI. 

In the last 12 months, there has been considerable talk about skills shortages in the career development sector.

This has ranged from conversations about the lack of qualified careers advisers looking to work in adult guidance and on NCS contracts in England, to a shortage of qualified and registered careers advisers to work in schools and colleges.

We also know from conversations with colleagues in SDS (Scotland) and Careers Wales, attracting careers advisers to train and stay in the sector is an increasing priority.

In England, where the current emphasis is on achieving the Gatsby benchmarks in schools and colleges, the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is looking to invest £2.5M in ‘personal careers guidance’ projects. While this is excellent news for the sector, the CDI would like to see a significant percentage of this investment directed towards the initial training of careers advisers in the form of bursaries, as one way to address the current skills shortage.

We know that our lobbying of DfE, the CEC and government bodies in Wales and Scotland will be much more effective if we are able to provide hard evidence of skills shortages. With this aim in mind we have created a short Survey Monkey; Read more