New National Council to raise standards of careers advice
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10 May 2012 - BIS
Skills Minister John Hayes
has appointed careers expert Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE as the Chair of the
new National Council for Careers.
The council will be a driving force for excellence in careers guidance
and will provide independent, expert advice to the Government on the
future development of the National Careers Service which was launched
at the beginning of April.
Dr Deirdre Hughes has a wealth of experience in the careers guidance
sector, she is a Commissioner and member of the Executive Board of
Directors at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills (UKCES)
and was recently awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year Honours List for
her services to careers guidance. She will be supported on the council
by ten members who each have expertise in the sector.
Mr Hayes said:
“The National Council for Careers will help to create a new beginning
in careers guidance by improving professionalism, forging links with
business and ensuring advice reflects the competition and complexity of
the labour market.
“I am delighted that Dr Deirdre Hughes and a team of experienced and
dedicated professionals have agreed to work on this extremely important
council which will be at the forefront of transforming careers
guidance. The Council includes representatives from across the public,
private and third sector, as well as from the careers profession, and
with a range of backgrounds including HR, finance and communications.”
Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Chair of the National Council for Careers said:
“For young people and adults, having access to high quality and
improved careers support services has become more important than ever.
“On behalf of the Minister I am delighted to bring together leading
businesses and those from the education sector to jointly review the
progress and impact of the National Careers Service, and to develop a
“We've been given an exciting opportunity to look at the design and
development of career provision in England, to consult widely with
differing bodies, and to create a vision for high impact careers
services. We look forward to this new challenge."
The Government’s vision for a better quality of information, advice and
guidance on learning and work is set out in the document “The Right
Advice at the Right Time”, which was published on the 5th
April alongside the launch of the National Careers Service and can be
accessed at http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/n/12-677-national-careers-service-right-advice-right-time.pdf
1. The ten members on the Council are Rajay Naik, David McNerney, Steve
Higginbotham, Jennifer Rudge OBE, Linda Taylor OBE, Heather Jackson,
Chris Heaume, Kieran Gordon, Tony Watts and Ruth Spellman. Simon
Surtees, Nick Chambers and Brian Lightman will be Associate Members.
2. The aim of the National Council for Careers is to provide a forum in
which experts from business and the careers sector can discuss the
operation and development of the National Careers Service in England,
and provide advice to Government.
3. The National Careers Service will provide information and
approximately 370,000 young people through the use of the helpline and
website, offer face to face advice to 700,000 adults each year in a
range of locations in local communities and provide detailed sector by
sector labour market information so people can discover which
industries are growing in their area.
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