New careers Strategy published by the Department for Education

On Monday 7th December the Department for Education published its long awaited new Careers Strategy.


Read the Careers Strategy.


It sets out the Government’s plan for raising the quality of careers provision, outlining how they will work closely with careers organisations, careers professionals, schools, colleges, universities and employers.

The strategy pays particular attention to crucial role of employers in supporting individuals to grow and develop, it outlines the Government’s aim for all young people to have inspiring encounters with employers and workplaces to understand the full range of opportunities available to them. The authors refer to our 2017 work Contemporary Transitions on the compelling economic case for increasing the opportunities for young people to meet employers, as well as the 2016 paper Career Education that Works which used longitudinal data to demonstrate the impact that high volumes of high quality careers advice can have on earnings and employment, especially for younger people.

The strategy goes on to advocate children spending more time with employers from an earlier age, referencing primary for the first time. Citing our work on the crucial role of employers in helping raise children’s aspirations and counteract stereotypes about the people who do different jobs as part of our Primary Futures programme.

“Many primary schools are already thinking about how best to introduce young children to ideas about the work they might do in future. Excellent programmes like Primary Futures give primary schools access to a wide range of professionals, who deliver sessions that help raise children’s aspirations and counteract stereotypes about the people who do different jobs.1

All of the studies cited in the careers strategy are available on our website here.

Watch videos of the authors presenting the findings of each report here.


Percy, C & Mann, A. (2013) Employer Engagement in British Secondary Education: Wage Earning Outcomes Experienced by Young Adults. Journal of Education and Work DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2013.769671

Kashefpakdel, E., & Percy, C. (2016) Career education that works: an economic analysis using the British Cohort Study. Journal of Education and Work, DOI: 10.1080/13639080.2016.1177636.

Mann, A., Kashefpakdel, E.T., & Iredale, S. (2017) Primary Futures: Connecting life and learning in UK primary education. London: Education and Employers

Mann, et al. (2017) Contemporary transitions: Young Britons reflect on life after secondary school and College. London: Education and Employers

Would you like to be part of the conversation?

Our 5th international conference on employer engagement in education and training, scheduled for July 4th and 5th 2018 at the BEIS Conference Centre London, provides a unique opportunity to hear more about the cutting-edge research on this subject from prominent speakers from around the globe.

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See the range of presentations from our 2016 conference here.

If you would like to present your work at the conference, please submit your proposal here.