A presentation that I’m giving in Hertfordshire tomorrow.
Tags: careers work, school, sixth form
Tags: careers work, labour, leps, policy, politics, skills
The latest report from Labour’s Policy Review makes interesting reading in the light of recent policy from the Coalition. Entitled Qualifications matter: improving the curriculum and assessment for all it contains a lengthy section on careers work. This includes the following paragraphs.
In our work we have been struck by the massive unanimity around the importance of Information, Advice and Guidance. The consensus is overwhelming: good, effective, independent advice and guidance is essential. OECD reaches the same view, and goes further. Their argument is that given the massive complexity of the contemporary labour market, no upper secondary system can be truly effective without an independent advice and guidance function, staffed by appropriately trained professionals.
There is good evidence that employers can play a strong role in careers advice – City and Guilds found that 88 per cent of 16-19 year olds believed that employers were the most useful source of careers advice, and there is every reason to suppose that technology can supplement good careers advice. However, none of this should detract from the core issue: that high quality, independent careers advice by appropriately trained professionals is critical in helping young people, and particularly those at risk, in negotiating the transition from education to work.
This is clearly very welcome and would be very nice if it made it into a Labour manifesto. There are also some areas that needs some further thinking including locating the responsibility for careers provision with the LEPs and a proposal that seems to fine schools for high LEP levels. Nonetheless this does suggest that there is some serious policy thinking going on in the Labour camp.
In the light of the recent arguments made by the Government around the importance of employers to providing career support the Careers Alliance has issues a very useful briefing note. The note makes the important point that the contributions of career professionals and employers to an individual’s career learning are complementary and not alternatives. We can only hope that the Government take this into account in the promised revision of the statutory guidance.
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The Careers Alliance has previously called for more employer engagement in careers education and work-related learning in schools and colleges, and has emphasised the importance of improved co-ordination between employers, professional careers advisers and schools/colleges.
The Education Select Committee welcomed ‘the Government’s support for the increased involvement of local employers in careers guidance in schools, which is vital for effective careers provision’. It added: ‘We recommend that schools be required to set out in their careers plans their arrangements with local employers and how they intend to enhance them.’
Yet Ofsted found that ‘[l]inks with employers were the weakest aspect of career guidance in the 60 schools visited. About two thirds of the schools reported that they had cut down on their work experience provision… for budgetary reasons and because of the…
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More news on the latest twists and turns in careers policy from the SecondaryCEIAG blog.
It looks like the Government are trying to push careers professionals out of the picture altogether.
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Baroness Hughes of Stretford (Lab): My Lords, despite the Minister’s claims, Ofsted, the Education Committee, the British Chambers of Commerce and the CBI have criticised the Government’s hands-off approach to careers guidance. The CBI said recently that careers advice is on life support now in many
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schools in England. Does the Minister accept that it was wrong to give schools sole responsibility for careers advice but no money to deliver it? Will the Government now act to eradicate the postcode lottery in careers guidance and insist, as my noble friend said, on independent, face-to-face…
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Tags: access, evaluation, higher education, presentation, widening participation
I’m giving a presentation to the Action on Access conference tomorrow about evaluating widening participation activities. This is what I thought that I’d do.
Tags: naturally occurring data, online research, twitter
I’m running a session in a week or two for a group of undergraduates. The idea is that we want to get them using Twitter and other social media to build their profile and engage in scientific communication.
I would ideally like to find a tool to track and ideally capture what they all do. Ideally I’d end up with some kind of .CSV data file that I could import into Excel or similar to be able to analyse all of their Tweets over a few weeks. Ideally I’d have some kind of timestamp associated with each Tweet.
Any ideas what tool I can use? Ideally it needs to be free and simple enough for an enthusiastic amateur like myself to use.
Tags: apex, volunteering
With some regret I have had to resign from my role as a trustee for Apex Works. The increasingly international nature of my work has meant that it has been impossible for me to make meetings for too long to justify my continued position on the board.
I have very much enjoyed my work with Apex and would encourage others to consider volunteering as a trustee. The following text explains a bit more about the organisation and how to get involved.
We are looking for NEW Trustees to join our Board
Apex Works has been delivering support, learning and jobs to ex- offenders, homeless people, the long term unemployed; people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties for over 30 years. We work with people who are furthest away from the job market and provide personalised employment support and accredited learning that results in job ready employees. We have an active employer engagement team to ensure that we can sell in our people to the right employer. We operate a GREAT behaviour and performance framework that motivates and inspires service users, volunteers and staff and uses a support and challenge coaching model.
Apex works trustees work with the CEO to set strategies, scrutinise reports and support the charity’s needs to deliver and extend our 4 strategic goals.
We are looking for people who are motivated by our passion for changing the lives of all of our service user groups, allowing them to achieve their individual potential.
Our trustee skills gap: The Board of Trustees have identified the following gaps in our governance team, a senior manager from a private sector or social enterprise business, those with experience of either marketing, finance or someone with a legal background.
Time commitment: Trustees are expected to attend 5 scheduled meetings a year and support in an ambassador role between meetings.
Are you interested?
We hope so, if not please tell a friend or colleague who you think might be. For more information go to our website www.apex-works.co.uk or ring Gaynor on 0116 261 6503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Number: 518081