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How we aimed for gold – and achieved it

Earlier this year we became the first ever Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rated National Careers Service prime contractor. This was a ground-breaking result for the careers advice sector nationally and for the prospects of Futures. We achieved this thanks to the skill, determination and professionalism of our staff. Ofsted’s strong recognition of the impact of leadership in driving these standards was also significant.…

Read more | Sep 14, 2017

School’s out for summer - use your time wisely

At last, the summer break is here. Lazy days snapping selfies; gaming; chatting with friends online – perhaps a bit of school work the night before you go back. Sounds good doesn’t it (not the school work bit) – but while six weeks of doing nothing might appeal now – you could do more with it that might actually boost your future job chances. Employers expect new recruits, including those looking…

Read more | Aug 02, 2017

Careers advice and guidance – key to addressing Britain’s economic divisions

The government’s recent Social Mobility Commission report which, alarmingly, says “there is nothing approaching a skills plan that will let us face the challenges of post-Brexit Britain” only heightens the need for more recognition of the link between high quality careers advice and increased levels of social mobility.In the drive to improve social mobility, the important role of quality careers advice…

Read more | Jul 17, 2017

Director, John Endersby bids a fond farewell to Futures

Our Targeted Support Services Director, John Endersby, has taken the opportunity to bring forward his plans for retirement, to take a greater role in caring for his family.Before joining Futures, John spent a number of years as a senior manager in Government planning and funding bodies, developing and implementing education and training policy and managing annual budgets in excess of £50m. He has had…

Read more | Jul 14, 2017

Young people done a disservice by lack of consistent careers advice (Megan McElhone - work experience student)

How well prepared young people are for work should not be determined by which school they go to. Quality careers support has to be available to all school pupils. School is the stepping-stone to the rest of your life. Your school years can determine your career, relationships, skills and even your mind-set. But the real question is: does school offer a stable step to the world of work or is it too…

Read more | Jun 30, 2017