Careers and Higher Education

Careers advice: A helping hand

4 June 2015

Why is careers guidance in schools so important and how can it be improved? Dawn Baker introduces a new free careers advice hub aimed at learners who want to follow vocational pathways


The six capabilities for work

21 May 2015

What can schools do to help students to be ‘ready for work’ when they leave? Drawing on recent research, Jenny North offers some advice and discusses the ‘six essential capabilities’ that students need


NEETs: Strategies for engaging pupils at risk

14 May 2015

Engaging with young people at risk of becoming NEET is a continuing challenge for schools, drawing on lessons from the Sporteducate scheme, Lekan Ojumu offers some insights



Opening a career college

7 May 2015

Career College North East is the first of these new entities to bring the expertise of a local school and college together. Brendan Tapping explains.


What makes work experience effective?

30 April 2015

What makes for an effective work experience placement? Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the findings of recent research into overcoming common barriers to placements and innovative approaches.




Effective ways to engage with local businesses

19 March 2015

How can schools encourage and support collaboration with SMEs to improve young people’s employability skills and transition into work? Michelle Judkins shares insights from new research.




Case study: Enterprise education

12 March 2015

How can schools promote entrepreneurial skills among its students? Fathima Anwari discusses some of the strategies used at Mount Grace School


Six crucial careers questions

5 February 2015

How can schools start a meaningful dialogue with students about careers? Jim Carrick-Birtwell lists six questions every student should be asked.


Careers Guidance: Guaranteed

29 January 2015

The Association of College’s Careers Guidance: Guaranteed campaign is calling for local careers hubs to help improve careers IAG for secondary students. Richard Atkins explains.


Boosting your students’ social mobility

22 January 2015

Focusing on a social mobility strategy as a school can bring about improvements in culture, ethos and attainment. Richard Gould discusses the challenge of social mobility before offering some practical guidance and ideas for schools.


Four vital enterprise skills for your students

9 October 2014

Entrepreneurship expert Carly Ward considers the challenge facing schools in preparing students for the modern world of work – and describes the four key entrepreneurship skills that teachers must instil in young people.


Advice on tackling the STEM divide

25 September 2014

The gender divide has long cast a shadow over the STEM industries. Vincent English discusses why increasing the number of women in physics is so crucial and offers his advice on what schools can do to engage more girls with the subject.


Inspiring students to take STEM further

18 September 2014

Many students think that careers in STEM are only for A* candidates. Physiology lecturer Tom Warrender discusses the range of options available and offers some ideas for inspiring all students to take their STEM studies further.



Teaching employability skills

11 September 2014

Every one of Congleton High School’s leavers in 2013 are now in education, employment or training. Executive principal David Hermitt explains how the schools focuses on teaching students the skills needed for today’s workplace.


Eight key skills to embed in the curriculum

19 June 2014

The recent Learning Curve report identified eight skills that are crucial to young people’s future success. Phil Parker argues that all eight must be embedded across the curriculum.


A clear strategy for careers advice

5 June 2014

A number of reports and investigations have highlighted on-going problems with careers advice and guidance. Marion Plant discusses how her schools and colleges work to offer students impartial and wide-ranging advice about their futures.


Are they prepared for uni?

22 May 2014

Much is said about a school’s role in preparing students for the trials of university life. We asked first year university student Jess Elliott to consider how well prepared she was by her school experience.


Industrial cadets

8 May 2014

Backed by the Prince of Wales, the Industrial Cadets scheme gives students an insight into the range of careers found in UK industry. Penny Tysoe explains.


Ensuring your careers strategy is effective

1 May 2014

Tami McCrone takes a look at how a new partnership is giving schools clear, practical support to help improve their careers advice services, including the resources to undertake a careers services audit.

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