Opportunity for all – Schools White Paper: a response

As you will be aware the government recently published their long awaited Schools White Paper and it sets the government’s ambition for the future of education in schools. Without doubt it’s grand on the ‘why’ and ‘what’ but understandably light on the ‘how’, we took a detailed look at what it said about Careers…sadly, it didn’t take long!

How youth explore, experience and think about their future – OECD

Somewhat of a hidden gem in this month’s Education and Employers Research Digest. How do we know what really works in career guidance? That is the question that the OECD’s Career Readiness project aims to answer. The Project draws on the best available international evidence to understand how schools can reduce student risk of unemployment and poor school-to-work transitions

Opportunity: Burges Salmon Social Mobility Business Partnership

There are now just a couple of weeks for students in year groups 12 and 13 to apply for National Online Week through the Social Mobility Business Partnership, which takes place from 11th to 15th April. This is a great opportunity for any eligible student, no matter where they are based, to engage and interact with some high-profile businesses in an online live session.

Opportunity: Schroders Trainee and Apprenticeship Programme

Global investment manager Schroders have a range of one to two-year apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities now open across London and Horsham. These include Audit, Tax, HR, Marketing, and many more. A new two-year Operations Academy in their Horsham office will also be available, which provides exposure to Operations teams at the heart of Schroders.

The paper CV is dead!

The paper CV is dead! It had a good run – 540 years to be precise. Accredited to the polymath Leonardo da Vinci in 1482, the paper CV began with a letter to the Regent of Milan. In the letter da Vinci – who was 30 years old at the time – showcased his skills and accomplishments, and unapologetically boasted about no less than eleven things he would bring to the city of Milan. Needless to say, da Vinci got the job! Submitting a paper CV, however, has joined the growing list of things that are no longer common practice as our world becomes increasingly digital. So I ask you this: if da Vinci was compiling his CV today, what would that look like? 

The Sutton Trust Paving the Way Report: a response

Today The Sutton Trust released their Paving The Way Report and their findings make for some difficult reading. The report is a thorough examination of Careers Guidance in Secondary Schools and they found that although improvements have been made in the 8 years since they last looked at this there is too often variability in careers provision. Differences can clearly be seen between state schools with more and less deprived intakes, and between state and private schools. Below we take a look at the most hard to read findings but also shine a light on the recommendations for government, the CEC and schools/colleges/governing boards.

How Careers Leaders can talk to parents and carers about Skills Builder Homezone

The Skills Builder Partnership supports schools and colleges, organisations, and individuals to develop the eight essential skills.
Building essential skills with our children and young people has been shown to not only improve their social and emotional wellbeing, but also enhance their learning and academic attainment – as well as their future employment outcomes.

National Careers Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

Following on from our previous social highlights pages for #NAW2021, #NAW2022 and #NCW2021, well we’re back for #NCW2022. Below are some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2022. As always, #NCW2022 will be a storming success. Does your school, college or place of work feature?

What is the FOW?

When we think of the FOW, our immediate thoughts often focus on technological trends such as the idea that developments in robotics and automation will replace our jobs in the future. These are the type of clickbait headlines that are published on a regular basis in the mainstream media. For example, as I am writing this article on 14/02/22 I can see after a quick Google search the NY Times published an article a couple of weeks ago titled: Will Robots Really Destroy the Future of Work. However, the FOW is much more complex than this. The FOW is a multifaceted concept consisting of many interconnected trends that could significantly disrupt and shape the labour market in the future.

To the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP and members of the UK educational press: an open letter

Steering group member, Janet Colledge writes an Open Letter to Robert Halfon MP and educational press sharing her frustrations on the misuse of language surrounding Careers and guidance.