Effective careers provision


I’m presenting at a Department for Education symposium tomorrow on School to work transitions in a changing labour market: Implications for schools and colleges. I’ve been asked to talk about ‘what makes for effective careers provision’ so that is what I’m going to try and do.

I’m drawing on various bits of research that I’ve been involved in which has explored this question from the perspective of research, policy and practice. This is what I thought that I’d say…



Robert Halfon: careers speech at Westminster Academy


On Monday Robert Halfon, the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister gave a speech about careers.

There was lots of good stuff in this speech and it is well worth a read. In particular there are some very positive noises about extending provision, raising quality, supporting professionalism and increasing accountability.

Highlights include…

I also want to root our approach to careers provision firmly at the heart of the government’s focus on social justice, and our desire to make sure that everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to progress in life…

We need to spread good practice more widely. We have begun to do this by adopting a clear, evidence-based approach to what works, and to ensure support is getting to where it is most needed…

It is clear to me that if we are truly to meet the needs that our economy has for the full range of skilled workers, we need to drive improvements in productivity, and this relies heavily on a stronger and better system of careers advice and guidance…

I want to ensure that great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential.

Michelle Obama honours the 2017 school counsellor of the year

Thank you to Wendy Hirsh for alerting me to this speech. It is well worth people who are interested in careers and politics watching.

In her final speech as First Lady speaks about the contribution that school counsellors make to young people and to the nation. Her interest in guidance counselling has been bound up with the Reach Higher initiative which has sought to increase the level of college educated young people in America.

What is most impressive about this speech is the way in which it draws together a vision for progressive America with a commitment to education and views guidance counsellors as key enablers of this.

Making Every Graduate Employable

Today I’m presenting at the Making Every Graduate Employable – Identifying Skills Gaps, Collaboration with Industry and Reviewing Destination Data Collection event organised by Policy UK.

This looks like an interesting day and features speakers from HEFCE, Institute of Fiscal Studies, Institute of Employment Research, Universities UK, HESA, Birmingham City University, AGR and Plymouth University.

I’ll be there presenting our new paper on employability. I’ll probably just use the slides that I used to present to the HEA the other day.

The Careers & Enterprise Company – Research Seminar (20th March)

We are organising a new series of research seminars at The Careers & Enterprise Company. The first seminar takes place on the 20th March and features me and Anthony Mann.

Book your (free) place on the seminar


16:00-16:30 Arrival

16.30 Introductions – Jonathan Boys (The Careers & Enterprise Company)

16:30 – 17:00 Professor Tristram Hooley, What works in careers and enterprise?

17:00-17:30 Dr Anthony Mann, Employer engagement in education: what today’s young adults got, what they wanted and what worked in helping them in adult working life

17:30 – 18:15 Questions and discussion

18:15 – 19:30 Networking