Author: Annette - CASCAID

Sustainable Employment through Skills

Yesterday, I attended the Sustainable Employment through Skills conference organised by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion. The event aimed to bring together providers from the Work Programme and skills providers from the private sector and colleges, to explore the role of skills in helping unemployed … Continue reading Sustainable Employment through Skills

Welfare to Work 2011

Last week, I attended the Welfare to Work 2011 conference to get the latest updates on progress with welfare reform and, particularly, the Work Programme. Representatives of organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors provided useful insight into recent and forthcoming developments. Stefan Czerniawski from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provided an … Continue reading Welfare to Work 2011

Inspiring the development of maths skills

The recently published “maths task force” report, A world-class mathematics education for all our young people, made headlines when the chair of the task force, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, recommended that students should study maths up to the age of 18. The report focused on the need to improve young people’s mathematical skills in order … Continue reading Inspiring the development of maths skills

The real benefits of vocational qualifications

Following the release of the Government’s response to the Wolf Review, vocational qualifications are again in the spotlight. And in light of the changes happening in higher education, the press have been exploring the value of vocational qualifications and whether they are an alternative to a university degree (Guardian , Telegraph  and BBC). As someone … Continue reading The real benefits of vocational qualifications

Gender stereotyping and careers advice

Recently, Ofsted published a new report: Girls’ Career Aspirations. The report explores girls' views on careers and whether they are still influenced by perceived gender stereotypes when choosing a career. While the research, which formed the basis of the report, covered a relatively small number of schools (16 primary and 25 secondary), the findings are … Continue reading Gender stereotyping and careers advice

Key Stage 2 career-related learning

Last week, I attended the National Key Stage 2 career-related learning conference. The conference was part of the recent pathfinder pilot project which has seen a number of career-related learning initiatives taking place in primary schools around the country. Career-related learning for this age group is not about encouraging children to decide what they want … Continue reading Key Stage 2 career-related learning

Westminster Briefing on CEIAG

Last week, I attended the Westminster Briefing on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance: Establishing a Stronger United Profession for All Ages. The event set out to help address the many questions surrounding the CEIAG sector in light of the announcement about the introduction of the all-age careers service, the impact of the comprehensive spending … Continue reading Westminster Briefing on CEIAG