With National Careers Week coming up next week, 4th-8th March, we look into the changes in career guidance that have happened over the past year.From the start of this academic year, a change in the Educational Act has meant that schools have been given the responsibility to secure access to impartial and external career guidance for their students in Year 9-11. However, schools have been given no additional funding to deliver this guidance.
Careers England has recently surveyed the effects of these changes and has found that many schools are still not prepared to deliver the new duty and some are struggling to understand what the Education Act requires them to do. The report also found that there has been a significant decrease in the volume of careers guidance support that schools have been purchasing. This has raised questions surrounding the impartiality of advice students are receiving, as a number of schools are allocating career guidance duties to internal members of staff.
The House of Commons Education Committee is calling for “urgent steps” to be taken by the government because “young people deserve better than the service they are likely to receive under current arrangements”.
These finding are worrying, as current youth unemployment stands at 957,000 and is rising, despite overall unemployment figures falling. Young people currently have a wealth of options available at post-16 and post-18 level, such as college, university, apprenticeships and internships. However, due to lack of advice, many are unsure which route to go down. This can leave young people demotivated, unqualified and Neet.
This statutory duty has now been extended so that schools will now have to provide external and impartial careers guidance to students from Year 8 up to when they are 16-18-years-old. This also applies to colleges. Among its reasons for extending the duty, the Department for Education says that, “the decisions that young people make during the 16-18 phase are just as critical to them, realising their future potential, as the decisions they make pre-16″. Also, as the participation age is rising in September 2013, students will need this added advice to help them with the transition from education to sustainable employment.
With these significant changes occurring within the career guidance industry, many careers guidance professionals are calling for improved guidance for schools on what they are expected to deliver.
At CASCAiD, we have produced the ‘Schools Package’ which contains three CASCAiD programs which will deliver external and impartial careers guidance to students from age 13-19. The Schools Package contains Launchpad (Year 7-9) Kudos (Year 10-13) and Careerscape (Year 10+), with a Kudos Inspire upgrade available.
These programs aim to introduce students to the world of work, inform them of all the different options they have available to them and raise their aspirations so they can reach their potential with their future education and career choices.
To read more about National Careers Week, please click here.