Today we have visitors from Lillihammer University College at iCeGS. We are having a session where we are trying to explain the career guidance system in the UK to them.
This is the kind of ground that I plan to cover.
The UK Careers Sector Strategic Forum has issued a Briefing Note to highlight four key outstanding issues that must be addressed in the Education Bill to ensure young people get the help they need to make informed decisions about subject choices, careers choices, qualification choices, and routes and pathways into further and higher education and into the world of work.
The Forum calls for clarity on:
I’ve attached a press release and briefing note about the current situation.
I’ve just signed the e-pettition on careers advice.
We call upon Ministers to ensure that all young people up to age 19 can, if and when they choose, access face to face quality assured impartial careers advice and guidance – provided by professionally competent careers advisers who have knowledge and skills informed by the labour market.
I was the 2782nd person to sign. If you want to add your signature go to
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills have released a new report entitled Helping individuals succeed: Transforming career guidance. It is a thoughtful action orientated summary of a series of papers that the UK Commission has produced over the last year or so.
Key messages include:
The paper then goes on to make the following proposals for government action. It argues that the government should
The paper is based on the following papers – which are all also worth a look
Expert paper 1
‘Careering through the Web’. The potential of Web 2.0 and 3.0 technologies for career development and career support services’ (iCeGS, June 2010)
Expert paper 2
‘Labour Market Information (LMI), Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)’. The way forward?’ (Warwick Institute for Employment Research, June 2010)
Expert paper 3
‘Enhancing choice? The role of technology in the career support market’ (iCeGS, January 2011)
Expert paper 4
‘The use of LMI in career direction and learning’ (GHK, January 2011)
Expert paper 5
‘Integrating new technologies into careers practice: Extending the knowledge base’ (IER, March 2011)
Expert paper 6
‘Career Guidance. Understanding the behaviour of individuals’ (INON (summarised by UK Commission), July 2011)
Just in case you’ve lost track of where things are up to in relation to the new UK All-Age Careers Service you might be interested to see Tony Watt’s letter in the TES. The upshot of it all is that careers advice for young people is about to be scrapped altogether by the government. This will effectively make a nonsense of the claim that we have an “all-age” careers service.