Career Ready is directly involved in shaping future careers services in England, as policy makers recognise the value of employer engagement in schools and colleges. Working directly with the new Careers and Enterprise Company, and giving evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility, the charity has been advising on how best to prepare young people for the world of work.
Based on the well-established Career Ready model of employer engagement, the charity cited a lack of understanding of the local jobs market, low aspiration and poor skills as three of the biggest barriers preventing young people from fulfilling their potential.
Having submitted written evidence in September, Anne Spackman, Chief Executive, was invited to give oral evidence to the House of Lords on Wednesday 21 October, as the Select Committee considered the role of employability skills in the transition from school to work and the role of third sector organisations and employers in developing those skills.
Career Ready’s evidence included the importance of structured interventions to ensure all students learn how to behave, how to communicate and how to present themselves in the working world. It also highlighted the need to engage small businesses as well as large corporate employers and the transformational impact of real work experience .
This follows regular discussions with the new Careers and Enterprise Company to help shape their framework for employer engagement, announced in September 2015.
Anne Spackman said:
“Employer engagement is now well recognised as the best practice model for preparing young people for their future careers. The fact that Career Ready is being asked to contribute to these plans demonstrates that our schools and colleges, and our employer supporters, are already doing what the Government wants to achieve across the whole country – in fact they’re doing more than that.”
Anne Spackman has now been invited to meet Sam Gyimah MP, the Careers Minister, to discuss careers advice in England with a panel of experts.
“Our vision is for every young person in the UK to benefit from real contact with working people and employers so it is excellent to see plans from both Houses of Parliament to support all schools and colleges to put employer engagement at the heart of their careers offering.”