All things being equal? Equality and diversity in careers education, information, advice and guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have just published a new paper on the role of careers work in facilitating equality and diversity. The publication has been written by some of my iCeGS colleagues alongside researchers from National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

Entiled All things being equal? the paper makes the following main points:

  • Aspirations, subject choices and career interests are influenced at an early age, affecting later career choices, and, in turn, pay and progression.
  • There is an evidence gap in relation to the choices made by young people by religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, and whether or not a young person has been in care or has offended.
  • Young peoples’ participation in education post-16 varies, with lower rates found among White young people, those from lower socio-economic groups, young men and disabled young people. Young people from lower socio-economic groups are also more likely to be NEET, as are Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean young people and disabled teenagers.
  • Young people have different aspirations, and rarely have no aspirations, but some groups need additional help and encouragement to explore a wider range of careers.
  • Limiting and stereotypical beliefs about ‘suitable’ academic and vocational options according to gender, disability, race or socio-economic status are not always challenged. Effective CEIAG delivery can raise and widen aspirations and career choices.
    • Most young people’s careers information and advice takes place informally at home with some accessing further formal advice through CEIAG services. Those who had talked to Connexions found it to be at least ‘quite’ useful.
    • The provision and quality of CEIAG is insufficiently monitored and inspected so that schools with poor CEIAG in relation to equality cannot be easily identified and supported to improve practice.


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