Government announces new careers strategy

Today the Government has released a new policy paper: ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’.

Focusing on four key elements, the paper unpacks the Government’s vision for a partnership between education, industry, government and partner organisations to raise the quality and diversity of careers advice for young people.

Key elements of the careers strategy:

1. Inspiring encounters with further and higher education, and with employers and workplaces

Part one of the strategy sets to ensure that all young people understand the full range of opportunities available to them, through learning from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace, and have first-hand experiences of the workplace. It particularly mentions the importance of engaging with STEM careers.

2. Excellent advice and guidance programmes

This section’s aim is that all young people in secondary schools and colleges get access to a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured, and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. It links to the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance.

3. Support and guidance tailored to individual needs

The paper also lays out a strategy to make sure everyone gets support tailored to their circumstances at any time. All adults will be able to access free face-to-face advice with more bespoke support for those who need it most.

4. Using data and technology to help everyone make choices about careers

Finally, the policy papers states that the Government wants everyone to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.

STEM Learning is committed to building a world-leading STEM education - and this includes excellent STEM careers advice. Our STEM Insight programme underpins the first and second elements in the career strategy - bringing schools, colleges, higher education institutions and universities together to create inspiring placements for teachers and technicians. Those who engage in STEM Insight bring their experience with universities or industry back into the classroom, inspiring their students. You can read more about past participants experiences in our case studies.

We were delighted to see that the strategy makes specific mention of our STEM Ambassadors programme in section two - we know that 81% of teachers who engage with STEM Ambassadors feel that it has improved their understanding so that they can better articulate information about STEM careers. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers, working in STEM careers, who give up their time to inspire young people.

The Government’s full career strategy can be viewed on their website.

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