Presentation on theme: "SKILLS FOR EMPLOYABILITY UAE ADVISORY FORUM"— Presentation transcript:
1 SKILLS FOR EMPLOYABILITY UAE ADVISORY FORUM Marlena Topple
2 Introduction Overview of my presentation: About Prospects What is careers advice and guidance and careers education?Benefits of having a careers guidanceUK system for careers advice and guidanceChallengesQuestions2
3 ProspectsLargest private provider of careers services in England under contract to British GovernmentEmployee owned with 1400 staff in 70 locationsDiverse range of services including careers and workforce development with young people and adults, school improvement, school inspection, events managementWork throughout the UK with growing profile internationally3
4 Career choiceOur choices about our career and working life are amongst the most important decisions we will make in our livesBad choices lead to a waste of human talent, human capital and resources – but this is avoidableChoosing a career that matches the interest, skills and values of a person, significantly increases the chances for success and personal happinessIndividual needs high quality unbiased information, and possibly advice and guidance to make informed choices and good decisions4
6 What is careers guidance? There are many terms meaning the same things e.g. vocational guidance, professional orientation, careers counsellingCareers guidance comprises a range of servicesIt assists individuals to identify their aptitudes, competencies and interests, to make educational, training and occupational choices throughout their working lifeCareers guidance can be delivered in schools, VET, universities, for unemployed and employed adults6
7 What is careers guidance? Tends to focus on specific questions, issues or decisionsCan be provided at any time but it is particularly relevant at key transition pointsIs usually provided by trained and qualified Careers AdvisersCan be provided by teachers, family, community leaders, employers and friendsIs free from bias and promotes self determination and equality of access77
8 How is careers guidance delivered? Individual or group basis; may be face-to-face or at a distance (e.g. phone and web-based services).Include the provision of career information, assessment and self-assessment tools, individual career guidance interviews, seminars and group sessions, career education programs and work experience programs.8
9 What is careers education? Part of the curriculum at school, VET or universityA programme that teaches young people the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage their career and make good career decisionsDecision making; Opportunity awareness; Transition management; Self awareness (DOTS)Usually taught by teachers, but often with input from others – employers, careers advisers etcDynamic programme that includes special events – industry days, careers conventions, & suspended time table days9
10 Why is careers education important? Complex range of learning opportunitiesTo develop transition skills to cope with the changing world of workIncreases self esteem and confidenceChallenges stereotypesAdds relevance to learning and motivatesRaises achievement and maximises student potentialPrevents ‘dropping out’10
11 Benefits of careers education and guidance Enables individuals to manage and plan their learning and work pathways to fit with their life goals, strengths and interestsAssists education and training institutions to have well motivated pupils, students and traineesAssists companies and employers to have well motivated, employable and adaptable staff, contributing to the success of their business11
12 Benefits of careers education and guidance Provides policymakers with an important means to achieve a wide range of public policy goalsSupports local, regional, national and global economies through workforce development and adaptation to changing economic demands and social circumstancesAssist in the development of societies in which citizens actively contribute to their social, democratic and sustainable development.12
13 How does careers education and guidance contribute to government policy goals? Economic developmentLabour market efficiencyEfficient investment in education and trainingLifelong learningSocial inclusionSocial equity13
14 THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND
15 The UK Careers Guidance System This differs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandNational policy changed following the election of a new government in May 2010Responsibility split across different ministries: Department of Education, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills1515
16 National Careers Service New services launched in April 2012 for people aged 13 and overNational coverage, free, independent and high quality careers and skills advice servicesEmphasis on phone and on-line rather than face to faceAccess via nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or by calling There is also access to face-to-face careers advice in the community for people aged over 19Provided at any stage (not just unemployed)16
17 Careers advice and guidance for young people Aged 13 plus can access the NCSFrom September 2012 schools and colleges are required to provide careers guidanceUniversities fund and deliver services to graduatesLocal councils will fund work for unemployed young peopleNew service quality standard, workforce professional standards and code of ethics
18 Ethics, professionalism and quality Code of professional ethicsProfessionalism based on:Accredited qualificationsStandardsQuality Assurance1818
19 Ethical practice Impartiality Confidentiality Individual Ownership Equality of OpportunityTransparencyAccessibility1919
20 Nationally recognised qualifications Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) Level 6 Diploma in Careers Guidance and Development Masters Diploma in Careers Guidance (Scotland)2020
21 NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL STANDARDS National Occupational Standards set out measurable performance outcomes to which an individual is expected to work in a given occupation.Developed by employers represented by Sector Skills Councils across the UK, NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required to perform competently in the workplaceMajority of Vocational Qualifications are based on or related to National Occupational Standards.
22 NOS FOR CAREERS PROFESSIONALS Developed by Lifelong Learning UKThe new NOS will cover anyone in the UK lifelong learning sector providing information, advice and guidance, including:Advisors in dedicated career guidance organisationsAdvisors in guidance services within sector organisations, such as university or college careers servicesTutors, coaches, mentors and others who offer educational information, career, or employability related advice and guidance as part of their role.
23 Build and apply understanding of theory and effective practice in career development Reflect on, develop and maintain own skills and practice in career developmentDevelop and apply ethical practice in your career development roleBuild and maintain relationships with individuals to ensure a client centred approach
24 Work with individuals to explore and identify their needs and aspirations Enable individuals to set realistic goals and career development objectivesDeliver individual and group development through career-related learningEnable individuals to use and apply information for career developmentProvide ongoing support to help individuals achieve their goals and development objectives
25 Help individuals evaluate their progress and achievement and plan for the future Improve services to individuals by collaborating with othersEnable individuals to access referral opportunitiesRepresent individuals’ needs to othersPromote the availability, value and effectiveness of the service on offer
26 Monitor, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the service on offer Plan and undertake research on behalf of the service.
27 Quality Assurance Matrix Standard Ofsted Inspection Observation of practiceCustomer feedbackBy benchmarking to other similar providersPerformance Indicators and Impact measures2727
28 Challenges Top down and bottom up Shared understanding of what careers guidance is and the benefitsEvidence based practice and of impactGeneration gapInvolvement of employersInvolvement of parents and other stakeholdersStart early and embed in learning and development throughout education and work2828
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