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National Careers Service busting myths about apprenticeships

Paul Clifton, one of Futures’ Careers Advisers supporting the National Careers Service, talks about some of the myths around apprenticeships, and what he tells those people coming to him for careers advice. I find offering careers advice really rewarding, it’s great to be able to guide someone through these important decisions and give them the benefit of my knowledge. Over the years, the apprenticeship…

Read more | Mar 26, 2018

What next for careers following the publication of the careers strategy?

Following our chief executive John Yarham's reflections of the careers sector landscape in November, he now follows this up with what the new careers strategy means, why we should feel encouraged for the future and key considerations for its implementation. Read the full article on the FE news website. 

Read more | Jan 29, 2018

2017 – Review of an ‘Outstanding’ year for Futures

2017 has seen the issues of social mobility, inclusion and productivity continue to challenge Government, communities and businesses, all within the uncertain context of Brexit. To therefore be able to say, that 2017 has been the best year on record for Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, is a testament to all of our colleagues, owners, partners and customers. It’s good to be able to look back over…

Read more | Dec 20, 2017

Leadership in Careers and Enterprise programme, an important pillar of the forthcoming Careers Strategy

Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women, set her vision for improved Careers Guidance at the recent Careers Education and Guidance Summit in London. The speech gave a first insight into the ‘Careers Strategy’, which is due to be published imminently.My interest in Careers is well established. I undertook the Diploma in Careers Guidance in 1998 and the Guidance course was…

Read more | Nov 29, 2017

How we can build a careers strategy from more solid foundations

Last week our chief executive John Yarham was asked to share some of his thoughts about the current landscape of the careers sector by FE News. Having trained to be a Careers Adviser in the 1990’s and now leading an Ofsted Outstanding rated careers advice company, there are three reflections that have led him to identify how he thinks the sector could be improved upon, read the full article here.

Read more | Nov 02, 2017

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