Schools, colleges and youth organisations

The changing scene

A new National Careers Service was launched on 5 April 2012. It has particular implications for young people in education: old certainties have given way to new approaches, and there are changed responsibilities for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

The key issues were identified in a government publication at the time of the launch:

“…Knowing what learning options are available — both academic and vocational, how they lead to different jobs, and what the job prospects are, is vital for making choices. Young people and adults need the right information and advice at the right time… …From September this year, all schools will have a new legal duty to secure access to independent, impartial careers guidance for their pupils on the full range of 16–18 education and training options, including Apprenticeships… …Information should be easily available, and accurate. Advice and guidance should be expert and professional… …Greater complexity and competition in labour markets means that getting the right information, advice and guidance on learning and work, at the right time, has never been more important. It is a vital part of building a sustainable economy, nourishing social mobility and feeding social justice…” National Careers Service : The Right Advice at the Right Time
(5 April 2012)

and in the ministerial foreword to the document:

“I believe strongly in the power of advice and guidance to transform lives. To be given the self-belief and determination to find and seize opportunities is a gift indeed” John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning — April 2012

Our aims

  • To deliver high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), providing a responsive and flexible service for learners, their families and the relevant learning organisation
  • To enable learners to achieve successful transition and progression by providing face to face, impartial information advice and guidance.
  • To support the learner journey through a range of learning experiences leading to active participation in education, employment or training

We respect and value the diversity of the young people with whom we work. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people.

Service options

Our advisers are experienced in supporting young people in educational settings and working collaboratively with their families and those teaching them.

The outline below is indicative of what can be provided. We are happy to discuss your needs and customise provision.

Post 16

  • One to one career guidance
  • Which way next? Signposting workshops
  • Building confidence and developing workplace skills
  • Apprenticeships : contacts with employers and training providers
  • Interview preparation
  • UCAS workshops
  • Higher Education and Finance workshops

11–16 learners

Year 11
  • Information about the options
  • Making choices — planning for success
  • Building career capital
  • Progression action planning
  • Application workshops
  • How to make the most of your college interview
  • Focusing on your goals
  • Results day service
Year 10
  • Build your profile‚Ä® — make the most of who you are
  • Understanding career capital
  • The changing world of work
  • Finding out about career options
  • Skills and rewards
  • Work experience
  • Links with business
Year 9
  • Knowing me : self awareness
  • Decision making
  • Exploring jobs
  • Career information : introduction to resources
  • I believe I can fly : aiming high
  • Career beliefs
  • Moving forward
Year 8
  • Who am I?
  • Starting to plan my future
  • Dream on
Year 7
  • Me, me, me!
  • Aiming high
  • What about work?

Workshops for parents

  • Raising of the Participation Age : what’s it all about?
  • Moving on at 16
  • Career capital : how to succeed in the 21st century
  • The changing worlds of work and learning
  • It’s never too late

Other services

  • Consultancy services
  • Staff training
  • Careers events — customised to your requirements
  • Signposting for parents
  • Employer contacts
  • Work-related learning links

Optional modes of delivery

  • Drop days / half-days : large group
  • PSHE sessions : whole class
  • Daytime / twilight workshop sessions : selected groups
  • One to one interviews