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?

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.

T Levels Explained (by someone who didn’t know what they were)

How would you rate your knowledge when it comes to T Levels? We realised that we could do with some extra revision so we set about putting this piece together to upskill you as much as upskill ourselves. T Levels explained by someone who didn’t know what they were seemed an appropriate title.

Skills, Skills, Skills: a fairy tale ending for technical education

Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee outlines the need for the recently opened inquiry into careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for children and young people. For those catching up the ‘root and branch’ review will look at how CEIAG can provide better support for disadvantaged or left-behind groups, so that there is improved access to otherwise inaccessible careers opportunities. Furthermore, the inquiry will examine and explore whether current careers advice provides young people with the necessary information to support their future career ambitions – this covered career choices, employment, training, and further and higher education opportunities.

Top 5 freely available resources to build Essential Skills using the Skills Builder Hub

Our friends over at Skills Builder Partnership have put together the top 5 freely available resources to help you build Essential Skills making use of the Skills Builder Hub. As we know building essential skills within our young people is of paramount importance – building them should be fully integrated within your Careers programme.

Are academic qualifications enough?

Over the last eighteen months it has become acutely clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our young people and in particular their career pathways but more strikingly on the purpose and impact of school. The pandemic has made it clear that young people need a lot more than just academic qualifications if they are going to thrive, not only when they leave school, but also whilst they are at school.

Steering Group – Update

As we enter Phase Two of the network we have made some significant changes to how we operate. Those changes have seen a restructure to the steering group and the staggered introduction of our franchise network model. The restructure of the steering group allows us to broaden our reach in supporting Careers professionals. We found that by focusing solely on Secondary careers education we weren’t lacked the scope to draw important lines to the wider world of careers. Click the headline to learn more about the new structure and the current members of the group.

Statutory guidance for careers education – a thread

We know it’s a little late but we don’t seen any harm with us reposting our response to the announced changes to the statutory guidance for careers education here. They were released towards the end of the 2020-21 where they may have been missed by some. There isn’t anything major in here and with the changes at the DfE we may see further changes in the future. However, these are the ones we’re working with now, so please find our highlights on this page.

Primary Careers

The newest member of our Steering Group, Janet Colledge, has been very busy of late working on the CDI Primary Careers Framework. The recently published frame work can be found on the CDI website here but Janet has also published a recent piece on her blog Outstanding Careers with some fantastic links to further reading on this area. With her permission we have republished her piece below.