Simon Bysshe - iCeGS Associate

Simon Bysshe


Simon is an experienced consultant in the learning and skills sector, with particular interest and expertise in career guidance, social inclusion, employer engagement and workforce development.

He has a strong interest in the development of career guidance/development services for both young people and adults. Between 1995 and 2012 he acted as a Project Director and Senior Associate for HOST Policy Research and has been a Senior Associate with iCeGS for over ten years. He has also worked in recent years as an Associate for KPMG on the 'World Class Skills Programme' and as a Research Fellow with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) advising on career guidance policy and practice. This work included looking at the role of technology in delivering career guidance and undertaking a GB-wide scoping study with key partners (including Skills Development Scotland, Careers Wales and Prime Contractors in England), considering the effective use and sharing of career-related labour market information (LMI). Subsequent case study good practice research, including writing research reports, good practice guides and facilitating dissemination workshops.

Beyond his first degrees at Cambridge, he holds post-graduate qualifications in education and career guidance, respectively from the University of Sussex and Birmingham Polytechnic. He is a corporate member of the Career Development Institute and has served as the UK's National Correspondent for the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). He undertakes CPD, including working with the iCeGS Network and has acted as a referee for journals such as the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.

Recent projects have included:

  • Researching the career aspirations of children in Key Stage Two in Suffolk schools and piloting a programme of employer-supported activities to inform and inspire them.
  • With CFE, researching the role of career learning, information advice and guidance (IAG) in the further education and skills sector, including the learner experience of IAG prior to entering FE and whilst on programme.
  • Identifying for UKCES key issues and barriers in advisers using and sharing career-related LMI, including subsequently working with CFE undertaking GB-wide good practice case study research (with bodies including FE Colleges, Jobcentre Plus, Local Enterprise Partnerships and careers/IAG providers), writing reports and good practice guides and facilitating dissemination workshops.
  • With CFE, evaluating the National Careers Deepened Co-location pilots and researching and modelling effective practice in respect to the wide range of partnerships that the National Careers Service (Prime and sub-contractors) are forging within their operational areas.