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!
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
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
This morning, the conclusion of the House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into the transfer of the duty for careers guidance to schools was published. The committee called the decision to transfer responsibility for impartial careers guidance from local authorities to schools "regrettable". The committee heard evidence from careers guidance and education experts as well … Continue reading “Decision to transfer responsibility for careers guidance to schools is regrettable”.
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?
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to show the value of every pound invested in projects to support unemployed people into work? You could easily see which types of initiatives brought about the best results. It would also make it easier to attract more funds if you could positively demonstrate the value of interventions. … Continue reading The true value of employability support
Last week, I visited the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham. The Skills Show is a huge event which showcases skills and encourages young people to explore a range of career options. Young people from across the country had the opportunity to take part in live demonstrations and try their hand at everything from … Continue reading The Skills Show
Our partners at ASDAN Education have published the findings of a new report looking at the importance of work experience. Good quality work experience is essential to education, according to the head teachers and business leaders of the Employment and Skills Forum (ESF). Their views are published in the ESF's latest report. 84% of those … Continue reading Head teachers demand good quality work experience for all students
It's the final day of National Careers Week. Today, we look at how parents and carers can help to support young people's career decisions. Career decisions – top tips for parents and carers At CASCAiD, we are regularly contacted by parents and carers about how they can support their child with planning their career. Young … Continue reading National Careers Week – involving parents in career planning
Our latest post to support National Careers Week looks at the role of ICT in careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). To find out more about National Careers Week, click here. The role of ICT in CEIAG Technology-based resources have an important part to play in CEIAG delivery. CEIAG delivery can require extensive human resource, but with … Continue reading National Careers Week – technology in careers education, information, advice and guidance