In December 2017, the Department of Education (DfE) published the Careers Strategy. This set out the plan on how Britain is going to be made fairer, providing equal opportunity to everyone, regardless of their background. A large part of this strategy was the improvement of CEIAG across Britain.
You can read the full Careers Strategy.
Careers Enterprise Company (CEC)
In 2014, the Government established The Careers Enterprise Company to help direct employers, schools, colleges and skills providers to provide high quality careers support to young people.
The CEC has created a network of Enterprise Coordinators by working with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across England. They help to improve CEIAG, and achieve this by working with schools and colleges to build a plan on how to improve provision. In addition, Enterprise Advisers, who have senior experience in business, help to build relationships between the schools and local businesses.
Summary of the Main Points
Overall, the strategy states that the success will depend on strong partnership between Government, Educational providers and Britain’s businesses’. Summarised below are the main points from the plan:
- Responsibility for the plan is spread across many educations agencies, such as Ofsted and the CEC.
- Increased role for CEC overall – 20 existing careers hubs provided with £5m to support the most disadvantaged young people. They are also tasked with delivering ALL of the Gatsby benchmarks (via their Compass self-assessment tool), and tripling the number of CEC cornerstone employers to 150.
- Careers Hubs will link together schools, colleges, universities and other local organisations.
- Ofsted have been asked to comment on CEIAG in all there inspections from Dec 2017.
- The National Careers Service website will be improved and create tools for parents and schools.
- There is an ambition to have ALL schools linked with an Enterprise Adviser.
- Current careers leads in schools are to be named and to have a job specification and standards. They will be called ‘Careers Leaders’ and names published on school websites by September 2018.
- There is also funding for 500 schools/colleges to have their careers lead trained.
- From January 2018, School websites must have information on how training providers can get in touch with school/learners. The Government will also require schools to give providers of technical education, including Apprenticeships, the opportunity to talk to pupils about the courses and jobs they offer.
- From September 2018, a careers offer must be published by every school on their website.
- T Levels will be widely publicised with young people, schools, employers and parents.
- All students to have at least 7 employer experiences by Year 13 – i.e. from year 7 to 13 should have at least 1 per year. Guidance states that this will be supported by CEC and Enterprise Advisers.
- Student Destination data to be more widely available and usable.
- Encouragement for girls to take technical options and a big emphasis on STEM education.
- Job Centre advisers for schools will be continuing.
- £40m for Career Learning Pilots – to engage adults, benefits of learning, accessible delivery for working adults with low or intermediate skills.
- Focussed effort on Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) and ensuring they have better chances of employment. Includes FREE professional development for people working with these young people.
- £2m for careers in Opportunity Areas. Our opportunity area is Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA).
- HE are to continue their outreach/disadvantaged learner work. NCOP are also to keep going.
- £2million released to test careers education in Primary. There is also the option for Opportunity Areas to carry out this work.
- Formal consultation to be taken on PSHE being mandatory in careers, employability and enterprise.
- More on Labour Market Information (LMI). They will be promoting a tool called the ‘Careerometer’ in schools.
- £30m for digital skills, and £34m to expand construction training programmes.
- The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks will be used to set the Careers Excellence standard.
- It is Strongly Recommended that schools achieve the Quality in Careers Standard.
Do you think you can help?
If you are a school, college or training provider, and are after more information on CEIAG, please contact: JAYoung@somerset.gov.uk