Career progression and employability
Employability skills are required not just to secure work, but to secure career progression
Cedefop state that Career Development at Work is an effective way to build a knowledge economy that benefits individuals, employers and society at large. But they warn that in most organisations there is no clear process of career development and what there is, focuses mainly on managers and graduates. The career development of lower skilled workers is highlighted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies who report that low and unskilled workers are doubly disadvantaged in times of economic downturn; they are most vulnerable to labour market changes and are least likely to have experienced any investment in their careers previously. Reword as ‘they are most vulnerable to labour market changes and are least likely to have experienced any previuos investment in their careers.
Careers work helps to build employability and career management skills whilst people are in education and supports these skills throughout people’s working lives. iCeGS’ work in this area includes:
- Borbély-Pecze, T.B. and Hutchinson, J. (2013). The Youth Guarantee and Lifelong Guidance: ELGPN Concept Note No. 4. Jyväskylä: The European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN).
- Hooley, T., Watts, A. G., Sultana, R. G. and Neary, S. (2013). The 'blueprint' framework for career management skills: a critical exploration. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 41(2): 117-131.
- Longridge, D., Hooley, T. & Staunton, T. (2013). Building Online Employability: A Guide for Academic Departments. Derby: International Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby.
- Hutchinson, J., Devins, D., Hooley, T. and Kelsey, S. (2012). Developing Business. Developing careers. How and Why Employers are Supporting the Career Development of Their Employees. London: UKCES.
- Policy Research Institute and International Centre for Guidance Studies (2012). Employer Practice in Progressing Low-paid Staff. London: UKCES.
- Policy Research Institute and International Centre for Guidance Studies (2012). Employer Practice in Progressing Low-paid Staff: Case Studies. London: UKCES.
iCeGS projects in this area include:
- New publication: The global graduate: developing the global careers service
- Education and Training Foundation: research into ITE
- Strategies to improve the quality of initial teacher education for teachers in the education and training sector
- Evaluation of Enthusiasm Trust
- Tackling unemployment, supporting business and developing careers
- Talking about career