The National Careers Council First Annual Report was released on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at a launch event in London it is called ‘Creating a Culture Change in Careers Provision: An Aspirational Nation’.
The report makes seven recommendations as follows.
- A culture change is needed in careers provision for young people and adults in order to address the mismatch of skills shortages and high unemployment.
- The development of the National Careers Service should be assisted by the creation of an Employer-led Advisory Board comprising senior representatives from employers, education and the career development profession to help guide its work and ensure it delivers value for money and meets the needs of young people, adults and employers.
- The National Careers Service should significantly expand its work with schools, young people and parents.
- Employers should encourage their employees to volunteer to go into schools and colleges to give students insights into different careers, enthuse them about the world of work and provide access to active experience of work, in particular to help address mismatches in young people’s career aspiration.
- The National Careers Service should launch a new initiative to bring together a range of organisations to explore and highlight the importance of ‘character’ and ‘resilience’ in a successful working life and identify realistic and effective options for addressing this issue.
- The National Careers Service should develop and extend its on-line services and bring together key partners in order to consolidate other on-line careers information and tools, enabling trusted information to become more accessible for young people, parents’carers and adults seeking on-line support to their career development activities and plans.
- In order to bring about the culture change needed in careers provision for young people and adults we need to create a movement which include employers, education and career development professionals. To implement the recommendations and practical steps Government also needs to play its role in supporting this movement and ensure these recommendations and the practical steps in this report are implemented.
I haven’t fully analysed the report yet, but hope to have more to say about it in the next few days. In the meantime I’d appreciate any thoughts that others have on the report.