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Careers leader support

We are providing a range of new support to help schools and colleges meet the requirements of the new national careers strategy.

These pages will be updated regularly with more information about the support available.

Careers strategy development day - 4 July 2018

Led by David Andrews, who is a national expert and policy adviser to the Careers Development Institute, the event was attended by 23 schools and colleges who explored approaches to developing strategies.

The slides from this event are here: Careers strategy and Careers Leaders: implications for policy and practice in schools and colleges (PPT, 777 KB)

As part of the new framework of support for Careers Leaders and coordinators, Skills for Employment will provide two or three free development workshops each year like the careers strategy development day in July 2018.

Integrating careers in the curriculum - 3 October 2018

Led by local careers expert David Wallace, of Stratford-on-Avon School, this workshop explored a range of approaches to bringing careers into the core curriculum including David’s special ‘careers by stealth’ tactic. The workshop was rated highly by the 20 school and college Careers Leaders who attended.

The slides from the workshop are here: Careers in the curriculum workshop (PPTX, 3.9 MB)

Careers and the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

This development event for Careers leaders on 24 September 2019 was led by the Senior HMI for the West Midlands who explained what inspectors will be looking for in Careers provision in future. View the presentation slides for this highly-rated events (PPTX, 2.27 MB).

Jobs in key sectors

The key reports below are from the Careers and Enterprise Company, and Careers Development Institute. The websites of these organisations have a wide range of reports and tools for schools and colleges.

Useful links

While the most effective careers support is tailored to the local situation with strong links between careers, the school/college curriculum and the local economy, a number of national websites provide helpful advice and tools. We asked a couple of Careers Leaders which ones they find useful.

Helen Black of Alcester Academy said:

"It is such a shame that the more colourful and interactive version of the National Careers Service website was shut down. It is still worth using though, as the alphabetical job profile section is particularly useful. Worth mentioning is the companion government site for apprenticeships. The search function, where you can input a postcode and a geographical range is really useful for focussing the minds of young people seeking an apprenticeship.

I would definitely add icould to the list and I think it is slightly more user-friendly than Start profile, which is, however, also good.

UCAS is a great site to help those wanting to go to university to think about their A-Level choices and they can also start looking at personal statements on the site.

Equally, I recommend that the high achievers look at the Russell Group website so that their subject choices don’t rule themselves out of the top universities.

Tomorrow’s Engineers have great careers sections (Real Jobs) with job profiles and it is perfectly pitched for their target audience.

Last but not least, the NHS Careers Planning has good IAG including job profiles, how to get work experience, how to find a careers fair etc.”

Andrew Hughes of Southam College provided this link to the college’s careers web page which has a range of sources of information, resources and support.