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All schools, colleges and other learning providers must offer all students independent, impartial advice on their future careers and learning. A recent publication (December 2017) from the Government calls schools to immediate action.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in Kent
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In Kent, we offer you a range of support to help you provide this service to your students:

  • CEIAG network meetings four times a year for your district
  • Support and practical advice from Lead Careers Co-ordinators
  • LA support at district career meetings.

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents
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This is the Government’s plan for raising the quality of careers provision in England, to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. It contains several actions, some with effect from January 2018.

The Careers Strategy makes reference to the Industrial Strategy published at the end of November.

A few key points:

  1. The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) will now have responsibility for helping schools to achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks, a task made easier by the government’s determination to ensure that all Secondary schools appoint a Careers Leader by September 2018. Careers Leaders will:
    1. Have the appropriate skills and experience
    2. Be sufficiently senior to lead implementation of all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks
    3. Have buy-in from the Governors and the Senior Leadership team
    4. Work with subject teachers across the school so that careers provision is embedded within the curriculum.
  2. By January 2018:
    • Schools and colleges should use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, as set out in new statutory guidance. To evaluate careers activity against best practice, the CEC, in partnership with Gatsby Charitable Foundation has developed Compass, a free to use toolkit
    • Schools must give providers of technical education and apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to all pupils (Benchmark 7).
  3. By September 2018:
    • Job specification and standards for Careers Leaders developed (the CEC is involved here) and started to be used by schools and colleges
    • A named Careers Leader should lead the careers programme in every school and college
    • The CEC will begin to take on a broader role across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks
  4. During 2018 and 2019:
    • CEC triples number of Cornerstone Employers to 150 across England
    • CEC will provide tools to help schools and colleges meet the Gatsby Benchmarks
  5. By the end of 2020:
    • All schools and colleges will have access to an Enterprise Adviser.
    • Schools should offer every student seven encounters with employers - at least one per year from year 7 to year 13.

The LA will be working with the CEC to support schools to achieve these actions.

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential
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This is the Government’s plan for improving social mobility and should be read along side the Careers strategy. This plan - focusing on the role of education in improving social mobility - will therefore sit at the core of the wider work of this government to spread equality of opportunity across the full range of its activity.

Informed Choice: using data and tools to make career decisions
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This research explores how people use careers information, tools and data to make informed career decisions. This includes:

  • learners from Primary school up to post-16 education (up to 19 years)
  • parents
  • teachers
  • careers guidance professionals

The report was commissioned by the Department for Education to understand how best to support and target information provision to ensure everyone has sufficient access.

Getting Ready for Work
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Getting Ready for Work (PDF, 370.1 KB)

This report examines how secondary schools are preparing young people for the world of work through enterprise education and work-related learning. It looks at how schools are working with local businesses and, given the concerns we found in our recent report on apprenticeships, it also looks in detail at the way apprenticeship programmes are promoted in schools.