Simon Bysshe - iCeGS Associate
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.
- Parsons D, Bysshe S, Walsh K (2011). Career Guidance in Restructuring Enterprises: Designing Effective Strategies to Support Redundant Eorkers. Cedefop: Office of Official Publications of the European Union.
- Hutchinson, J., Rolfe, H., Moore, N., Bysshe, S. and Bentley, K. (2011). All Things Being Equal? Equality and Diversity in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.
- Bysshe S, Berry-Lound D, Austin J, Staton J (2008). Best Practice in Tackling NEETS. Coventry: Learning and Skills Council
- Bysshe S (2006). Delivering Information, Advice, and Guidance Services in the Workplace. Research Report Coventry: Learning and Skills Council
- Bysshe S (2006). Doing the Business: A resource pack for practitioners delivering information, advice and guidance in the workplace. Coventry: Learning and Skills Council
- Bysshe S (2006). Working Together to Provide Information, Advice and Guidance to Offenders in Custody and in the Community - Managers' Guide and Action Plan. Coventry: Learning and Skills and National Probation Service
- Bysshe, S. (2005). Improving the Management and Delivery of Careers Education and Guidance Evaluation of Investor in Careers. CeGS Occasional Paper. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.
- Bysshe, S. (2004). Win - Win Growing Your Team Growing Your Business: A Working Guide For Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Practitioners Seeking to Work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/icegs_win_win_smes2004.pdf
- Bysshe, S. (2004). Win - Win Growing Your Team Growing Your Business: A Working Guide for Managers. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby. http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/icegs_win_win__guide_for_managers.pdf
- Bysshe, S. and Gration, G. (2004). Win - Win, Growing Your Team, Growing Your Business: Promoting the Economic Benefits of Information, Advice and Guidance to Small and Medium-Sized Employers: Summary Report for EMDA. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.http://www.derby.ac.uk/files/icegs_win_win_smes2004.pdf
- Bysshe, S. and Hughes, D. (2002). Delivering the 'Front End' of the Learning Gateway. CeGS Occasional Paper, Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.
- Bysshe, S. and Hughes, D. (2002). Evaluation of 'Front End' of the Learning Gateway in the East Midlands. Derby: Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.