Possibly the most important element of planning for ones academic and work life, here are a list of websites below you may find useful from the Department for Educations paper on securing independent careers guidance.
Association for Careers Education and Guidance -http://www.aceg.org.uk/
ACEG Framework for Careers and Work-Related Education
Bestcourse4me – http://www.bestcourse4me.com Provides information for
pupils on wage returns to particular degrees and universities.
Careers Profession Alliance – https://www.cparegister.org/
Education and Employers Task Force
Growing Ambitions – http://growingambitions.tes.co.uk/
Horsesmouth – http://www.horsesmouth.co.uk/ Social network for informal
Icould – http://icould.com/ Careers information website.
Inspiring the Future – http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/ and
Bringing inspiring speakers into schools.
Institute for Education Business Excellence – http://www.iebe.org.uk/ Institute of Career Guidance -http://www.icg-uk.org/
Local Government Association Knowledge Hub –
https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/signin?p_p_id=58&p_p_lifecycle=0&_58 _redirect=%2Fgroup%2Fkhub. A set of case studies highlighting good practice in the area of careers information, advice and guidance is available on this site and more will be added as new examples are identified.
Learning and Skills Improvement Service – http://www.lsis.org.uk/
Matrix – http://www.matrixstandard.com
National Apprenticeship Service – http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/ National Careers Service – 0800 100 900 or
National Citizen Service – https://nationalcitizenservice.direct.gov.uk/
Plotr – http://www.plotr.co.uk/. Inspiring young people about careers – will
go live later in 2012.
Quality in Careers Standard –
Science and Engineering Ambassadors
Supporting career teachers and advisers – http://www.cegnet.co.uk
The Big Bang Fair -http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk
Tomorrow’s Engineers -http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk
5th Matrix -http://www.youngchamber.com/5th-matrix
- 157 Group – Is a membership organisation that represents 27 large and regionally influential Further Education colleges in England.
- The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges.
- Association of School and College Leaders and Association of Colleges existing guidance: putting young people first
- Bestcourse4me Provides information for pupils on wage returns to particular degrees and universities.
- Career Academies UK Career Academies UK helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.
- Career Development Institute is the new single UK-wide professional organisation for all working in all fields of career education; career information, advice and guidance; career coaching and career consultancy.
- Careers Profession Alliance Is the professional body that serves career development practitioners and membership is open to all.
- Education and Employers Task Force supports effective partnerships between schools, colleges and employers to inspire young people
- icould – Careers information website
- Inspiring the Future is a free service across England with volunteers from all sectorsand professions going into state secondary schools and colleges to talk about theirjobs and sectors.
- Job Zoo – CV and careers resources
- matrix is the unique quality standard for organisations to assess and measure theiradvice and support services, which ultimately supports individuals in their choice ofcareer.
- National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the deliveryof Apprenticeships throughout England.
- National Careers Service – 0800 100 900 or at the website
- plotr is a new online service which allows young people to explore careers and bringstogether opportunities in one place.
- Prospects – A graduate careers website supporting students to find graduate jobs,postgraduate courses, work experience and careers advice
- Quality in Careers Standard provides key information about the Quality in CareersStandard (QiCS).
- The Big Bang Fair – is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering andmaths for young people in the UK.
- The Skills Show is responsible for the UK’s largest skills and careers event at theNEC Birmingham
- Unistats is the official website for comparing UK higher education course data
Further sources of information Key Government Documents
- Careers inspiration vision statement The government’s statement on careers inspiration policy
- Careers guidance action plan Provides the government’s response to recommendations from Ofsted’s thematic review and National Careers Council’s report.Other Departmental advice and guidance
- Statutory guidance for schools on careers inspiration
- Departmental advice for schools on careers inspiration
- Statutory guidance on duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training
- Non-statutory advice to help schools, colleges and other training providers deliver work experience as a part of 16-to-19 study programmes and traineeships for 16- to 23-year-oldsRepresentative Bodies
- 157 Group A membership organisation that represents 27 large and regionally influential further education colleges in England.
- Association of Colleges (AoC) Exists to represent and promote the interests of colleges.
- Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA) Represents the interests of the sixth form colleges sector.Organisations and intermediaries helping to bring employers into the classroom
- Business in the Community Provides a framework for developing long term relationships between schools and businesses through its Business Class programme.
- Career Academies UK Helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.
- Education and Employers Task Force Supports effective partnerships between schools, colleges and employers to inspire young people
- Future First Helps schools and colleges harness the experiences and skills of their former students through alumni communities.
- Ideas Foundation Has two key projects: ‘I Am Creative’ aims to teach 13-19 year olds about the creative industries and gives them an opportunity to have a go at answering a live creative brief from a global company; ‘Incubate’ brings specialist industries employers into the classroom to work intensively with young people on projects from across the Digital and Media communications sector.
- Inspiring the Future A free service across England with volunteers from all sectors and professions going into state secondary schools and colleges to talk about their jobs and sectors.
- Young Enterprise A business and enterprise education charity, helping young people to learn about business and the world of work in the classroom, under the guidance of a network of volunteers from a range of companies.Careers guidance and inspiration resources
- 5th Matrix A careers and networking platform which encourages young people to investigate and share careers ideas.
- Growing Ambitions A bank of multimedia resources that can be downloaded and used in lessons to help students make informed choices about their future.
- Icould – Careers information website
- Job Zoo Provides CV and careers resources
- Matrix – All providers of the National Careers Service are accredited to the matrix Standard. An online register of organisations accredited to the matrix Standard is available on the website.
- National Careers Service Provides information, advice and guidance to help young people and adults make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers. Support available to young people via a website, helpline and webchat on 0800 100 900.
- Plotr An online service which allows young people to explore careers and brings together opportunities in one place.
- Skills to Succeed Academy A free, highly interactive, on-line training programme designed specifically to help young people choose the right career for them, and build the key employability skills they need to find and keep a job.
- The Skills Show Responsible for the UK’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC Birmingham.
- Prospects A graduate careers website supporting students to find graduate jobs, postgraduate courses, work experience and careers advice.Apprenticeship resources
- National Apprenticeship Service Supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.
- Your Guide to Apprenticeships Provides essential information and sources of further advice and support on apprenticeships.Helping young people to build life skills
- National Citizen Service Provides an opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds in England and Northern Ireland, to help build skills for work and life.
- Prince’s Trust Changes young lives by helping to develop key skills, confidence and motivation, enabling young people to move into work, education or training.Higher education resources
- Bestcourse4me Provides information for pupils on wage returns to particular degrees and universities.
- IntoUniversity Operates local learning centres offering an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration.
- UCAS – The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service manages applications from over 670,000 students each year for full-time UK undergraduate courses as well as running specialist application services for postgraduate courses, conservatoires and teacher training. To connect students to higher education, UCAS provides impartial advice on post-16 options, enabling students to make informed choices on higher education and alternative options.
- Unistats The official website for comparing UK higher education course data.
- Which? University Supports choice in HE.Mentoring resources
• Brightside A charity that helps young people access the education and career pathways they might not have believed were available to them.
• Horsesmouth A social network for informal mentoring.
STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)
- STEM Ambassadors – Managed by STEMNET, works with schools, colleges and STEM employers UK-wide to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models, understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.
- The Big Bang Fair – The largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK.
- Tomorrow’s Engineers Provides information and resources about careers available in engineering and run a schools programme to help inspire the next generation of engineers.Work experience resourcesUK Commission for Employment and Skills: ‘Not just making tea: reinventing work experience’ – A guide that explains just how important it is for businesses to inspire young people, busts some myths that have been putting employers off and gives advice on how to go about offering work experience.