Its a given that we live in austere times, and that we have to make what we have work better for us. When it comes to careers guidance and development you will find no stakeholders , and I mean’ no’, who think that the policy is currently either joined up or cost effective. Some adults are not too badly catered for, but for young people, and particularly the disadvantaged, the support is patchy and fragmented, and a post code lottery. Funds in the system could and should be better utilized and invested to secure the outcomes the government wants for its education, social, economic and employment agendas. But it urgently needs some overarching strategic management that cuts across departments and makes better use of the various funding streams already there, to ensure all ages have easy access to good career guidance and development.
One of the leading UK based experts on Careers development is Professor Tristram Hooley, of the University of Derby. What does he think are the challenges that confront the Cameron government on Careers?
- Making the new careers company a reality
- Co-ordinating between different departments.
- Developing the National Careers Service.
- Dealing with the potential fall out of cuts to school budgets and wider public spending
- The need for a public career development” initiative.
We live in an era where what works matters ,more than it ever has, and evidence is supposed to inform both policy and practice. So what does Professor Hooley say about what the evidence tells us about career development ?
Career development should focus on the individual across the life course
Career development should support learning and progression
There is a need to ensure quality and efficacy of career development
Source: The Future of Careers Guidance in UK-19 May 2015 Presentation to Inside Government Event -T Hooley