The Careers Link Governor – A Critical Friend

Jon Datta reflects on our recent article on the importance of buy-in for effective careers delivery. Thankfully, schools can increasingly call upon their very own Careers champions who sit on a Local Governing Body at a school (or Trustees at a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)), helping to support whilst remaining unafraid to challenge existing provision for Careers Education, allowing it to thrive – the Careers Governor.

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

The importance of buy-in: the push versus the pull

The difference between being dragged or pulled and being pushed is not just a semantic one. We all know and have worked with people who need one or the other, it isn’t often that you meet an individual who needs both. The same can’t be said of organisations or leadership teams where to sell your worth or project you need to be equally adept at doing both.

National Careers Week 2022 Launch Day

On Monday 7 March 2022, the launch event for National Careers Week took place in Newcastle at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was great to welcome the event to the North East for the first time and to celebrate the amazing work of schools, further education & higher education providers, training providers and employers across the amazing North East region. The event was wonderfully organised by our amazing colleagues at the North East LEP who have really led the way in driving careers education across the area.

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? 

Teach First Student<>Employer Network: bringing together schools and companies 

It sounds silly to say but there is often a huge gap between what schools think employers want and what employers think schools can provide or how they operate. This is doubly strange when you frame this around Gatsby Benchmark 5 and the need for schools to provide encounters with employers and employees.

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.

Apprenticeships and Technical Education: The bias is in the room

In this article a Secret Careers Leader airs their frustrations regarding the bias that still suffocates Apprenticeships, how they’re discussed and still negatively thought of.