December 2017 saw the release of the new careers strategy from the Department for Education highlighting the need for a thriving careers system that is accessible and easy to use by everyone and in particular those currently in education.
Students today need to be able understand the range of opportunities that are available to them and how they can go about acquiring the skills, experience and qualifications for a successful future career and life after education.
The strategy encompasses many goals and guidelines, which lead to all young people in secondary schools and colleges to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is being delivered by the right individuals with the skills and experience to do so. Schools and colleges will continue to be responsible for making sure students can access independent careers guidance, and with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) taking on further roles to support the schools and colleges using the Gatsby Benchmarks. By adopting these benchmarks schools will be putting employers at the heart of their careers programme.
The National Careers Service (NCS) will be a single service provider for careers information from a new NCS website platform that will be able to be accessed by students, parents and schools ensuring that careers guidance is available to what is now the digital generation and for those looking to manage their careers and future aspirations online.
To implement and progress the strategy a key action dateline has been drawn up for the next three years.
By January 2018 –
By September 2018 – The CEC will launch a new investment fund of £5 million to support the most disadvantaged pupils.
During 2018 and 2019 –
By the end of 2020 –
Through school workshops, career events and work experience placements students will develop skills for future business use. The strategy reports that pupils who have four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not involved in a training programme.
Employers will continue to be integral and critical to the strategy as we work with businesses of all sizes to broker the relationship between students, schools and the many industries of work.
The strategy sets out how careers guidance and support will be transformed and increased not only in our regions but across the country. At the Skills Service we are able to draw on our own expertise and business contacts to continue to deliver the necessary sessions that will ultimately play a role in this within our localities.
To see the full strategy please follow the link https://goo.gl/jnG9Un
*The Gatsby Benchmarks 1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers. 2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information. 3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. 4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths. 5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. 6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks. 7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace. 8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.