Author: Annette - CASCAID

Parity of esteem – we need to take tips from TOWIE!

Out and about last weekend I couldn’t help but listen in to the conversation that a group of young people were having as they stood behind me in a queue at a checkout. They were talking about how they wanted to be like various ‘celebrities’ when they got older (I have to admit I didn’t … Continue reading Parity of esteem – we need to take tips from TOWIE!

Why not all online careers resources are the same

In recent weeks, we have been speaking to a number of careers co-ordinators, head of careers and advisers, who have asked for help with convincing school managers of the need to retain their budget for careers resources. With school budgets continuing to be squeezed, some careers teams are coming under pressure to use free resources … Continue reading Why not all online careers resources are the same

Careers – it’s a noisy place to be!

Wow, it’s been quite a year in the careers education, information, advice and guidance world. Since the release of Ofsted’s thematic review, 'Going in the right direction?', last September, it seems like we’ve been bombarded with reports, commentary and statements about CEIAG. Private, public and voluntary sector organisations have been voicing their opinions on careers … Continue reading Careers – it’s a noisy place to be!

Employer engagement in careers learning – Canadian style

During a recent visit to Canada, I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit a truly inspirational organisation dedicated to inspiring young people to make informed career decisions. Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) based just outside Toronto operates a range of projects all designed to engage students with exploring options and linking them with … Continue reading Employer engagement in careers learning – Canadian style

Extreme work experience – 52 jobs in 52 weeks

The traditional ‘slow news’ period between Christmas and New Year usually results in some interesting and occasionally bizarre stories being reported which ordinarily wouldn’t attract a great deal of media attention. One of the stories which stood out for me during the recent festive period was the story of Matt Frost. Following an accident at … Continue reading Extreme work experience – 52 jobs in 52 weeks

Update from the CDI Conference 2013

Earlier this month I attended the first Careers Development Institute (CDI) Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. The CDI was formed earlier this year as an amalgamation of industries bodies including the ICG (Institute of Careers Guidance). Just under 200 delegates attended representing guidance services providers, local authorities, schools, colleges, universities, training providers and many more. A … Continue reading Update from the CDI Conference 2013

Are young people being too fussy about the jobs that they are willing to do?

Today, the BBC are reporting on a new Institute of Public Policy Research report about youth unemployment. The report states that around half of young people who are not in employment, education or training have never had a job. In response, representatives of the recruitment industry claim that this is because young people are being … Continue reading Are young people being too fussy about the jobs that they are willing to do?

The challenges of delivering careers guidance

Last week, a small team from CASCAiD visited an academy in Lincolnshire to support a careers day. As part of the day, Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in sessions with various employers from a number of industry sectors. We spent the day talking to young people who wanted to find out more … Continue reading The challenges of delivering careers guidance

Tackling youth unemployment: How will the Youth Contract deliver?

Despite the drop announced this week, the high rate of youth unemployment continues to cause concern. Many organisations which work to support young people are looking for new ways to engage with those young who are not in employment, education or training. Earlier this week, I attended a Westminster Briefing on Tackling Youth Unemployment: How … Continue reading Tackling youth unemployment: How will the Youth Contract deliver?