Launching the Tony Watts Reader


Last night we held a launch event for the Tony Watts Reader at Woburn House in London.

It was a really nice event attended by NICEC fellows and a number of Tony’s old friends and collaborators.

Lyn Barham and myself spoke about the process of creating the Reader and Tony himself also gave a short speech about writing and how good it is to have your writing get a second lease of life.

I’m really pleased that we worked on this book. I think that it has brought together Tony’s work in a way that makes it accessible to another generation. I hope that everyone in the career development field will agree that this is essential reading for everyone interested in career development.

Buy your copy of Career Development Policy and Practice: The Tony Watts Reader online on the Highflyers website.

Getting it down on paper

getting it down

We have just published a new paper looking at letter writing as an employability skill.

Dodd, V. and Hooley, T. (2015). Getting it down on paper: the importance of letter writing for young people’s employability. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

In the paper we find that young people believe that they are good letter writers and think that letter writing is important for the world of work. However, employers are less convinced, with many complaining about the quality of the letters written by their new recruits. They also argue that letter writing continues to be important for their businesses.


Employers’ experience of Higher Apprenticeships


We have just published a new report looking at employers attitudes of Higher Apprenticeships.

Mieschbuehler, R., Hooley, T. and Neary, S. (2015). Employers’ Experience of Higher Apprenticeships: Benefits and Barriers. Derby and Melton Mowbray: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby and Pera Training.

This report examines employers’ experience and understanding of Higher Apprenticeships. We surveyed almost 200 companies and conducted follow-up interviews with eleven employers. We found that employers were very positive about the idea of Higher Apprenticeships although many had not engaged with them yet.

The employers that have employed higher apprentices within their companies felt that they had contributed a range of benefits to their businesses. We also talk about some of the perceived and actual barriers to the implementation of Higher Apprenticeship programmes.

We’d be really interested to hear more about people’s experiences of studying and delivering higher apprenticeship programmes.