Moments of choice


Tomorrow I’m in Southampton talking about the Moments of Choice research which has been published by The Careers & Enterprise Company.

This research maps out some of the challenges that young people face when they are making career decisions. I’ll then be moving on to talk about what we can do about this when we are supporting young people.

This is what I thought that I’d say



Effective careers provision


I’m presenting at a Department for Education symposium tomorrow on School to work transitions in a changing labour market: Implications for schools and colleges. I’ve been asked to talk about ‘what makes for effective careers provision’ so that is what I’m going to try and do.

I’m drawing on various bits of research that I’ve been involved in which has explored this question from the perspective of research, policy and practice. This is what I thought that I’d say…



Robert Halfon: careers speech at Westminster Academy


On Monday Robert Halfon, the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister gave a speech about careers.

There was lots of good stuff in this speech and it is well worth a read. In particular there are some very positive noises about extending provision, raising quality, supporting professionalism and increasing accountability.

Highlights include…

I also want to root our approach to careers provision firmly at the heart of the government’s focus on social justice, and our desire to make sure that everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to progress in life…

We need to spread good practice more widely. We have begun to do this by adopting a clear, evidence-based approach to what works, and to ensure support is getting to where it is most needed…

It is clear to me that if we are truly to meet the needs that our economy has for the full range of skilled workers, we need to drive improvements in productivity, and this relies heavily on a stronger and better system of careers advice and guidance…

I want to ensure that great careers guidance provides the first rung on the ladder of opportunity, helping everyone to achieve their full potential.