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This section contains the following publications that are relevant to current policy priorities in relation to careers, work experience and employment:

Confederation of British Industry (2007). Time well spent: Embedding employability in work experience. London: CBI

The report explains the CBI's thinking on the attributes, skills and knowledge that together make up 'employability' and stresses the importance of putting these 'centre stage' when shaping work experience programmes. It argues that generic skills such as numeracy, communication, literacy, and teamworking are relevant to virtually every job and sector.


DCSF (2005). End to End Review of Careers Education and Guidance. London: Department for children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

The review found that there was a significant problem over the priority given to career education in schools, colleges and work-based training. It concluded that "the greatest potential for improving career education and guidance delivery lies in driving up the quality and relevance of careers education in schools."


DCSF (2007). Building on the Best - Final Report and Implementation Plan of the review of 14-19 Work-related Learning. London: Department for Children Schools and Families.

This report sets out the government’s strategy to raise standards in the delivery of opportunities for work-related learning so that the best possible outcomes are secured for young people in preparation for working life, for active involvement with their local communities and for their future economic wellbeing.


DCSF (2008) Delivering 14-19 Reform: Next Steps. London: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

This document sets out how the government intends to work with its partners to create a system that will mean all young people will benefit from spending more time in education and training. It sets out they will be offered the educational opportunities that will suit them and help them progress, and the additional support to make choices and take advantage of opportunities.


DCSF and DIUS (2008) Raising Expectations: enabling the system to deliver. Norwich: HMSO.

Within the government's continuing efforts to meet the challenges of increasing participation, achievement and progression, this consultation paper proposes two new systems to reflect the different needs of young people and adults.


Hughes, D. (2008) New Adult Advancement and Careers Service in England: What's in a name? Stourbridge: The Institute of Career Guidance (ICG)

This paper discuss some of the issues involved in the Government's plans to develop a new adult advancement and careers service in England. The paper argues that although the concept has many strong, key components in place, the branding and naming of the new service will be crucial if it is to be successfully implemented.


Rolfe, H. and Crowley, T. (2008).  Work-related learning for an innovation nation: Engaging with employers to improve work-related learning opportunities for young people aged 14-19. London: Nesta.

This report draws upon case studies in three key industrial sectors to demonstrate
how work-related learning can prepare young people for the future world of work. It also shows how such learning might be tailored better to meet the needs of an 'innovation nation'.


The Panel on Fair Access to the Professions (2009). Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions. London: Cabinet Office

Led by the Rt. Hon. Alan Milburn,  the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions examined the barriers and pathways to reaching professions for all people - regardless of their background. The underpinning research  finds that many of Britain's professions have become more socially exclusive and that, as a consequence, bright children from average income families, not just those from more disadvantaged backgrounds, are missing out on a professional career.    The report has informed and influenced the government's strategy for young people's information, advice and guidance.

UKCES (2009) Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK. Wath-Upon- Dearn: UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

This is the UK Commission for Employment and Skills' first annual assessment of the progress towards making the UK a world leader in employment and skills by 2020. It monitors progress on the UK's World Class Skills and Jobs Ambition and against its international competitors.

Watts, A.G. (2009) The New Adult Advancement and Careers Service: Lessons from Connexions and Elsewhere. Stourbridge: The Institute of Career Guidance (ICG)

This paper looks at some of the challenges to be met, and lessons to be learnt from Connexions, in realising the Government's plans to develop a new adult advancement and careers service in England. The paper also looks ahead to the possibility of the new service being merged into an all-age service if the Conservatives come to power.

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