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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Guidance Resources for College Careers Leaders


Following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, young people will be faced with a very challenging labour market.

This is supported by clear emerging evidence that young people are being disproportionately impacted through unemployment and a significant reduction in apprenticeship opportunities. World class careers guidance coupled with high impact support, linked to the local economy, is arguably now more critical than ever. The January 2021 Skills for Jobs White Paper further highlights that colleges have a key role in boosting productivity, strengthening communities, and supporting individuals.

AoC is working with the Careers and Enterprise company to provide resources, webinars and information for the leaders, governors and careers guidance professionals in the FE sector to help support colleges in their careers guidance offer.

Join the College Careers Community. CEC is encouraging colleagues within FE to join a virtual community to share best practice and resources to drive innovation in careers education.

NEW Action Research Opportunity

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) is delighted to be working in partnership with the Association of Colleges (AoC) to launch a range of careers education focused action research projects supporting our mission to help every young person find their next best step.

Action research is a powerful tool which promotes innovation and improvement within a range of professional sectors as day-to-day practitioners are empowered to identify issues, find solutions and build in best practice within their everyday working environment.

We welcome applications for the careers action research project based on one of the following themes:

1. Developing a quality careers education programme for an
underrepresented group(s)
2. Co-ordinating and standardising the quality of delivery for CEIAG across a
multisite institution (including enrichment, skills development, embedded
and stand-alone activity)
3. Creating innovative approaches to developing meaningful employer
engagement and partnerships

A college can bid for ONE of the action research projects. Each project attracts £1,200.00, payable at the end of the project timeline. Colleges are encouraged to choose a title based on local or regional need or to complement an area of interest for the college. Four colleges will be selected to run their own project.

You will find further details in the following guide: Careers Action Research project brochure

To apply to run a careers action research project please complete the application in the guide.

Applications will close on 29 November 2023 at 17:00

Careers Leaders Training

Careers Leaders training is making a real difference. The Careers & Enterprise Company offer both a fully funded training option and a free online induction for newly appointed Careers Leaders to help them understand the value of the role and the careers education landscape.

Over 2,000 Careers Leaders have already completed the fully funded training with 82% of Careers Leaders reporting a faster improvement towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks*.The training equips Careers Leaders with all the knowledge they need across leadership, management, co-ordination and networking to implement a strategic, whole school/college approach to careers. This year, The Careers & Enterprise Company has partnered with nine high quality training providers to deliver this training.

  • Choose from distant, face-to-face or blended learning courses
  • Network and make new connections with other Careers Leaders.
  • Improve your knowledge of the role and gain access to a qualification (up to level 7)
  • All Careers Leaders are eligible to apply for a fully funded training place.

*source: Impact evaluation of Careers Leader Training, 2018-2020

For more information, view the evaluation report.

Showcasing Best Practice

Please view the following short films showcasing some innovative work in careers education being done in three colleges. The films have been produced by the colleges with support from the Careers and Enterprise Company and focus on linking sustainability and careers, developing a skills framework and creating effective employer engagement.

Middlesborough College

Lancaster and Morecambe College

Barnsley College