House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into careers guidance for young people

Tomorrow sees the first session of the inquiry into careers guidance for young people. The inquiry has been held in the light of the new statutory duty on schools to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance for their pupils in years 9-11.

Written submissions were asked to considering:

  • the purpose, nature, quality and impartiality of careers guidance provided by schools and colleges,
  • including schools with sixth forms and academies, and how well-prepared schools are to fulfil their new duty;
  • the extent of face-to-face guidance offered to young people;
  • at what age careers guidance should be provided to young people;
  • the role of local authorities in careers guidance for young people;
  • the effectiveness of targeted guidance and support offered to specific groups, such as Looked After Children, children eligible for Free School Meals, teenage parents, young offenders, those with special educational needs or disabilities and those at risk of becoming NEET;
  • the link between careers guidance and the choices young people make on leaving school;  
    the overall coherence of the careers guidance offered to young people.

We can expect the inquiry to pursue these issues further.

You can watch the whole thing online at

What is more if you look carefully you might even be able to see me in the background as I’ve been asked to advise the committee.


Professor Ewart Keep to give the iCeGS annual lecture

We are very excited to have Professor Ewart Keep coming to present the Fifteenth iCeGS Annual Lecture on Wednesday 12 December 2012. The title of the lecture is, ‘Youth Transitions From Learning to Earning – problems with information, incentives and labour market structure’.

The Lecture will start at 2.00 pm and will be followed by drinks and informal networking (registration from 1.30, Lecture 2.00-4.00pm including questions).

Professor Ewart Keep is Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, and is based at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.  (See some of his publications which I have found useful in my research).

He has a first degree in modern history (London) and a PhD in industrial relations (Warwick).  He has been a full-time researcher on education, training and skills for 26 years, and has written extensively on lifelong learning, apprenticeships, the incentives to learn, employers’ attitudes towards skills and training, and the formulation and implementation of UK skills policy.  He has advised parliamentary committees at Westminster and Holyrood, and is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s skills committee.  He has also acted as a consultant to H M Treasury, the Cabinet Office, SSDA, National Skills Task Force, UKCES, NAO, DfES, DIUS, DBIS and the governments of Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.

To book a free place at the event visit the iCeGS website.

Understanding and implementing the Blueprint for Careers (Free event – 22nd November)

LSIS is organising a free workshop on the 22nd November in London to explore the Blueprint for Careers and how it can support career development and employability. LSIS trialled the Blueprint for Careers with providers across the learning and skills sector including colleges, ACL, WBL, schools and universities. Feedback from staff and learners was very positive and enabled the development of a new English version of the Blueprint.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Blueprint for Careers and the free resources that have been produced to support its implementation. It will also explore how it links to current agendas including employability. We will also look at how it can be applied in different contexts. The session will be interactive.  

Book a place on the workshop 

Key outputs from the #dr12vitae at Nottingham

We ran an event on using social media for research today.

I was really impressed with what participants in #dr12vitae came up with today.

Have a look at what they produced

Then at the end we got people to send an email to their future me

A great day!

Digital Researcher – Nottingham University 19th October #dr12vitae

Here is a presentation that I’ve prepared with Emma Gillaspy from Vitae. We’ll be working with a group of researchers tomorrow to try and convince them that they want to get more engaged using digital tools in their research practice.