This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Jobs Board | Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
News Desk: Industry News

Secretary of State announces more money for careers education but what about the gaps?

10 October 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
Share |

Secretary of State announces more money for careers education but what about the gaps?

by CDI

In case you missed the announcement at the Conservative Party Conference, here are the full details:

The Rt Hon Damien Hinds MP, announced that the government is doubling the number of Career Hubs and careers leader training places for schools and colleges – investing an additional £4M. It was only last July that the government announced the launch of 20 Career Hubs and 500 free training places for careers leaders.

This new promise increases the number of Career Hubs to 40 and career leader training places to 1300. The CDI welcomes this increase in training places, which puts the focus on career leaders at the centre of the government’s careers strategy in schools and colleges.

We are also very aware that many schools have previously been turned down for a free place, so this announcement is encouraging. However, Mr Hinds chose to ignore some of the realities of the new careers strategy:

1. There is a shortage of qualified careers advisers in the sector and what the country needs is serious investment in the initial training of career advisers at L6/L7.

2. A school focused careers service is fine but what happens to young people who for several reasons are not in school/college? Often the most vulnerable, where can they go for help? How can they see a careers adviser?

3. There seems to be no clear action plan regarding joining up support for young people and support for adults? The English system lacks coherence and cannot be economic. What happened to lifelong career guidance for all? Taking a broader view, we could add more – salaries for careers advisers are not keeping pace with other professionals working in schools and colleges and the National Careers Service helpline, often praised for having a revamp, does not employ sufficient career professionals qualified to give individual career guidance counselling.

So, in terms of an end of year report, we are delighted to see some small financial improvements but there is still a long way to go. We will be taking every opportunity to support the progress but lobby the government, the DfE, Education Select Committee and Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) on the deficits. Looking ahead, we believe that the CEC funded personal guidance projects (applications for the next round of funding need to be submitted by 23 November) will show that the government does not have to invest the vast sum that funded the Connexions Service, to give young people in schools and colleges access to high quality individual career guidance counselling, £50M would make a good start.