Education Development Trust is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing the new National Careers Service delivery contract for the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire and the Humber. We have been delivering the service since 2004 and will now continue to work with some of our trusted partners across the regions for the next three years.
The National Careers Service provides high quality, impartial and free information, advice and guidance to help young people and adults make decisions on learning, training and work. The Service places particular emphasis on social mobility and building resilience, preparing customers for the needs of the future economy.
"We are thrilled to once again be awarded the National Careers Service contract, which is a testament to the fantastic service provided to our customers. Our work with the Service plays a key role in supporting government skills priorities and high quality careers advice is a fundamental force in social mobility. We look forward to continuing working with our amazing partners and developing new relationships."
Laura Bell, Director, Employability and Careers
Our delivery is centred on qualified careers advisers, using face-to-face, phone and digital channels.
Our work delivering the National Careers Service changes lives, improves communities and benefits the national economy. Testimonials from customers, partners and stakeholders are supported by qualitative data gathered via our feedback process: 97% of customers in Yorkshire and the Humber felt that they had benefited from the service, as did 94% of customers in the North East.
My experience with National Careers Service was outstanding, I have been supported and treated very well, I have been given really useful information and advice, and my confidence has improved.
National Careers Service participant
Around the world, young people face considerable challenges. Even before the disruption of the Covid-19 crisis, policymakers were seeking to respond to rapid technological advances, climate change and – in some countries – an ageing population and workforce. While children and young people worldwide generally have high aspirations and ambitions for their futures, evidence shows that they often face problematic and protracted transitions into work. In this context, new pathways from school to employment are needed. In this paper, we review extensive evidence to provide guidance on how children and young people can be best prepared to succeed in their school-to-work transitions, both now and in the future.
Effective careers advice is impossible without good quality labour market information. Careers professionals and advisers, the people whose job it is to offer and support careers advice in the community or in schools, are key to success. Vital to their work is access and familiarity with a robust and sophisticated body of intelligence about the labour market.
Education Development Trust is working in partnership with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver a new careers guidance programme funded via the Effective Transition Fund. The Dorset Marvels programme will test approaches on how providing long-term targeted careers guidance in Key Stage 4 can enable students to transition to, and sustain, engagement in a high-quality post-16 destination.
This important report was undertaken for CfBT (now Education Development Trust) by the Education and Employers Taskforce. It reviews existing and new evidence about how employer engagement can improve on the learning and progression of young people.