National Careers Council report released

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The National Careers Service should significantly expand its work with schools, young people and parents.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


  1. The section on schools and young people reads to me as a very measured set of recommendations that would place a new onus on the NCS to work with us and us to work with them to provide more structure and greater standardisation to provision. Those who wanted a report that was more critical of the current situation or with more ambitious concrete recommendations should heed the lesson from the report of the Education Select Committee regarding Careers; it’s critical tone and (really good) proposals were stonewalled by the Dfe and found no traction. Perhaps the more tempered, yet still sensible, suggestions in the report will find a more welcome ear in Government and we’ll see progress in smaller steps as result.

  2. I’m looking forward to your thoughts Tristram, I personally think that point 3 deserves promotion to point 1 as there is a severe lack of IMPARTIAL careers provison for young people and it must be addressed. The focus on developing online services is also good, the way people access information has changed and we must provide a good reliable and easily accessed source of information and careers analysis. Of course all this needs promotion otherwise people won’t use it we must invest in promoting these services to make sure they are used.

  3. From my role in a school, I welcome a hint of the ‘culture change’ including a stronger brokerage service between young people and employers, better supporting its vital advisory and guidance roles. For too long employers have been out of the loop. Often their fault, but blame lies with schools also.
    If @matthancockmp is serious about upskilling young people to fill the gap, and create growth through entrepreneurship, he should take these recommendations seriously.

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