Inspection reports

Careers guidance

Ofsted reports about careers guidance

  • Apprenticeships for young people - 11 April 2012. This report presents some of the common factors that have led to high performance in the work of 15 providers who are extensively involved in delivering apprenticeships to young people. It explains how the providers have successfully recruited young people as apprentices: introducing them to the world of work; supporting them in developing vocational skills and completing their apprenticeship frameworks; and supporting their progression into employment and further study.
  • Economics, business and enterprise education - 8 June 2011. This report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in economics, business and enterprise education in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
  • Girls' career aspirations - 12 April 2011.  This report evaluates the extent to which careers education, guidance and other provision raise aspirations and inform the choices of courses and careers by girls and young women to support their long-term achievement. It identifies weaknesses and examples of good practice in these areas.
  • Moving through the system - information, advice and guidance - 23 March 2010. This report focuses on the importance of providing high quality information, advice and guidance to enable young people, as well as their parents and carers, to make thoughtful and well-informed choices about their next steps in education, training or employment, particularly at age 16 and beyond.

The National Careers Service was launched on 1 April 2012. The National Careers Service provides advice online and via helpline/webchat to everyone aged 13+. Face to face service will be available for those aged 19+ (or 18+ if on Jobseeker’s Allowance) through Next Step contracts.

Schools will have a legal duty to secure access to independent, impartial careers guidance for pupils aged 14-16 from September 2012. The Government will consult on extending the legal duty to 13-18

Local authorities have a legal duty to make available to all young people under 19 support that will encourage, enable or assist them to participate in education or training. The youth contract will include a programme to support the most disengaged young people not in education, employment or training to re-engage in education or work on a long term basis. FE colleges and HE institutions will continue to provide high quality information and advice to students.

Case studies of good practice in careers guidance

National Lead

Karen Adriaanse HMI has been a full-time inspector since 1999, having previously worked for the Adult Learning Inspectorate and the Training Standards Council. She has been Ofsted’s National Lead for Careers Guidance Employability, covering both education and learning and skills, since September 2011. She also inspects in colleges, local authorities, independent providers, prisons and probation trusts, having taught and managed in these contexts for 20 years. Much of this work has included evaluating the impact of careers guidance.

External links

Annual Report 2012/13