NICEC seminar: Claudia Harris, Joining the dots

You are invited to the next NICEC seminar which will take place on Tuesday 21st June 2016 (1700-1830) at Hamilton House – Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BJ.

Claudia Harris (Chief Executive,The Careers & Enterprise Company) – Joining the dots in careers and enterprise

In this seminar Claudia Harris will discuss the development and strategy of the Careers and Enterprise Company.  In it she will argue that the company can play a key role in transforming the culture of careers and enterprise provision in England.  Claudia will welcome engagement and discussion as part of the seminar.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation that has been set up to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. Its role is to take an umbrella view of the landscape of careers and enterprise, supporting the programme coverage nationally.  The company seeks to:

  • build on what works
  • test, learn and adapt
  • work nationally, tailor locally
  • enable & convene the best programmes.

The company is working to grow and share the evidence base to help address inconsistencies in coverage and deliver targeted, systematic help where it’s needed most.  It aims to build on what works and to test, learn and adapt – supporting evidence-based, continuous improvement across the education and employment system.

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Career guidance: What works and why it matters

career guidance what works and why it matters

I’ve recently returned from Brno in the Czech Republic where I was presenting at a really interesting conference organised by Euroguidance and Masaryk University.

At the conference I presented some of the work that I’ve done on the evidence base and on the economic benefits of guidance.

One of the most exciting things for me was getting hold of the Czech language version of my ELGPN paper.

This is what I said…

Career guidance what works and why it matters

The right Start in life


Last week we published a new paper which introduces Start, a new product from U-Explore which is designed to revolutionise the education and employment system through the provision of high quality, independent and impartial online career support. In the report we look at what Start does and explore some of its implications for career guidance in England.

We felt that Start built on the existing evidence base in online career guidance as it provides career and labour market information combined with personalised diagnostic tools which support career decision-making. Of particular interest is the Three Minute Hero campaign using a smart video-capture technology to populate Start with real career stories from real people, tagging them in order to help young people find inspiration from their local area, school alumni or people doing the jobs they aspire to do.

Crucially we liked the way in which it delivers career support for individuals whilst integrating with the wider career support that schools and colleges offer. One powerful feature is the opportunities that it provides for schools to monitor students engagement with career learning. We described Start’s model as being an ‘enriched virtual model’ for the delivery of career guidance.

U-Explore has made a substantial financial investment in the development and rollout of Start, which is independent of any direct government funding. Development capital has been provided by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Matthew Riley and the company has developed an innovative internet based business model. U-Explore reports that it has already signed up over 800 schools and that the company can see a clear pathway to the profitability and sustainability of Start, whilst ensuring that the core software is always free for schools and colleges.

There is much to be excited about with Start. It offers a new approach to an old problem and as it develops, it may pave the way to a much more effective education and employment system in England.

For more information on this view our paper at:

Hooley, T. and Sahar, A. (2016). The Right Start in Life: Exploring an Innovative New Online Career Solution. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.

Migration, education and employment: socio-cultural factors in shaping individual decisions in Orkney and Shetland

Can I direct your attention to a really interesting new paper that Rosie Alexander has just published in the Island Studies Journal.

The paper is titled: Migration, education and employment: socio-cultural factors in shaping individual decisions in Orkney and Shetland

Well worth a read for everyone who is interested in career development in rural and coastal locations.