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A new research report commissioned by Careers England entitled "Social Mobility of Young People and Adults in England: The Contribution and Impact of High Quality Careers Services".

The report builds on an  earlier report of social mobility policy and upon key themes emerging from recent interviews with six leading figures from within industry and education. Also, a review of research literature on the impact of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provides a strong evidence-base to help influence and inform the design and implementation of a progressive strategy for a new all-age careers service framework in England.

The report makes a number of recommendations to the Coalition Government as part of its all-age careers service plans, to:

  • (i) work closely with Careers England (the leading trade association of careers sector employers whose members are major employers of careers advisers responsible for designing and delivering high-quality careers services), the Careers Colloquium, the UK Careers Sector Strategic Forum and leading representatives from industry and education, to identify progressive approaches designed to halt the decline of opportunities and broaden access to sustainable mobility and employability for all individuals;
  • (ii) support the development of a formal partnership model for careers professionals to work more closely with those in education and industry to help address social mobility and the active participation of all individuals in some form of meaningful learning and work. Also, to draw upon lessons learned from impartial CEIAG in public, private and voluntary/community sectors within and outside of England;
  • (iii) help build capacity, assure quality, and promote expansion in careers information, advice and guidance for all UK citizens through a new and dynamic re-engineered system that takes account of both formal and informal learning support activities. In doing so, to put in place arrangements for safeguarding individuals from potential 'rogue traders' who might view government de-regulation as an opportunity to prey upon those most vulnerable in our society;
  • (iv) utilise the evidence which highlights that trained, competent and qualified careers advisers provide a powerful 'trigger' for motivating individuals, including those most vulnerable in society, to engage more fully with learning and work;
  • (v) develop a new accountability framework for careers service provision that focuses on diversity and equality with particular emphasis on narrowing the attainment and achievement gaps between different groups in our society, particularly those most in need.

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  • (vi) further develop community learning provision and implement career literacy support strategies to facilitate individuals' personal and career development.
    These should be open to all individuals, regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender and occupational status.
  • (vii) support the careers sector to raise the status of the profession and improve its all-round stature as a powerful agent for change in helping to transform people's lives. The forthcoming report from the Careers Profession Taskforce in England should be helpful in this regard.

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