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Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth

Date: 3 Feb

We have provided a link to the CEC’s response (and others) in the article below to the FE White paper that was released on 21st January 2021, Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth


Kerry Massheder-Rigby, Careers Policy Adviser for the DfE provides a useful summary:

The reforms in this Skills for Jobs white paper will give people a genuine choice between high-quality technical and academic routes, ensure that students and taxpayers are getting value for money, and enable everyone to get the high-quality skills that employers need in a way that suits them.

Key policies include:
  • Putting employers at the heart of post-16 skills
  • Providing the advanced technical and higher technical skills the nation needs
  • A flexible Lifetime Skills Guarantee
  • Responsive providers supported by effective accountability, governance, and intervention  
  • Supporting outstanding teaching

We will improve the National Careers Service website to make sure that every young person and adult can access personalised careers information and advice online.

Complete the national rollout of careers infrastructure

We will accept the Post-18 Review Panel recommendation to complete the national rollout of Careers Hubs, digital support, Careers Leader training and the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) to all secondary schools and colleges. This includes extending access to all special schools and alternative provision and funding for a trained Careers Leader in every secondary school and college.


Strengthen incentives and accountability for schools and colleges

We will introduce a range of measures to incentivise schools and colleges to prioritise careers guidance and hold them to account for the quality of their careers programmes. This will include a strong statutory framework, tougher enforcement and an Ofsted review of provision. To build a whole-school or whole-college approach, we will build careers awareness into every stage of teacher professional development and embed careers education into the secondary curriculum.

Our work will be underpinned by a more strategic approach to careers research, building our understanding of the outcomes from careers activity and helping us to target our investment.

The 2017 Careers Strategy has laid strong foundations and our investment, supported by the National Careers Service and The Careers & Enterprise Company, is delivering positive results and outcomes for young people and adults.

Now is the time to finish the job, building on our knowledge and evidence of what works. We want to embed excellent careers guidance within a cohesive national system so that everyone can benefit. This is more urgent than ever as Covid-19 has led to unprecedented challenges and we need to support people of all ages into education, training, and work.

Thank you for your support of the Careers Strategy since its launch in 2017 and we look forward to working with partners and stakeholders as we deliver our white paper commitments. Please share this information with your colleagues and networks. We know that careers guidance can play an important role in our long-term economic recovery and in helping individuals to achieve their full potential.

Yours sincerely

Kerry Massheder-Rigby

Careers Policy Adviser