The National Careers Service supports thousands of people each year, providing advice and guidance to help our customers make informed decisions about careers, courses and work. Below are just a few examples of the positive impact our work has on the lives of our customers. Click on the titles to read more.
After being out of work for some time, the National Careers Service helped Travis secure a full time position in an industry that he was keen to work in.
Thomas came to the National Careers Service after feeling unsure about how to find work after graduating from university. Thanks to the National Careers Service, he was able to move into employment with a local council.
Emma came to the National Careers Service for support finding new employment after she was made redundant. Through her session, she learnt how to improve her interview techniques and successfully secured a new role.
Angela came to the National Careers Service as she was out of work and “didn’t know which
way to turn”. She had a strong background in care and was keen to stay in the health and social
care sector but felt she needed support knowing how to move forward. Following her session, Angela has now started a new role within the NHS.
With the assistance of the National Careers Service I now feel better equipped in my future search for employment, and I have gained so much more confidence in myself
Lifelong learning – learning beyond compulsory schooling – can be an important factor in enhancing an individual’s employability and personal development, as well as social inclusion and active citizenship. As part of Lifelong Learning Week, this article examines the connection between lifelong learning and careers guidance.
What are the barriers to employment for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or who have experience of care? What works best to support them? In partnership with the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), our latest report draws conclusions from a survey of practitioners and young people to understand the barriers they face, what services are offered, and what is considered to work best in helping NEET young people – and especially care leavers – to progress into work.
Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) are key to making apprenticeships more accessible, especially for disadvantaged young people, but many such companies continue to face barriers to offering these opportunities. Existing research has identified many such barriers, but geographical factors have not previously been considered. In our first working paper, we examine how geography impacts SMEs’ likelihood of offering apprenticeships, with a view to informing effective solutions that will result in more equitable apprenticeship opportunities across the UK.
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.