The Career Development Policy Group brings together a range of organisations who believe that it is essential that citizens have an opportunity to access support in their careers. The group works with the Government and other stakeholders to develop policies and initiatives that support career development.
Career guidance helps people manage their life, learning and work. People’s careers develop over their lives, so they need lifelong access to career guidance. We believe that England should develop its existing career guidance system, offering everyone access to lifelong career guidance backed by a Career Guidance Guarantee.
The CDPG were delighted to launch the Career Guidance Guarantee in 2021 at a virtual event attended by over 400 colleagues from across the careers profession, followed by three roundtables with policymakers, careers professionals and employers to discuss key areas of the Guarantee.
In July 2023 the CDPG hosted an event in Parliament with the APPG for Skills, Careers and Employment to champion the Guarantee with politicians and policymakers, with a specially commissioned report from iCeGC at the University of Derby on Investing in careers - an analysis of the cost and benefits of investing to achieve the Guarantee.
This powerful analysis of the careers system in England was launched on 18th July 2023 at the APPG for Skills, Careers and Employment roundtable, co-hosted by the CDPG and Policy Connect at the Houses of Parliament.
It is a critical document supporting the call for a Career Guidance Guarantee for all young people and adults in England. Written by Tristram Hooley, Chris Percy and Siobhan Neary, with a forward by Baroness Garden of Frognal who chaired the roundtable, the report outlines the career guidance system in England, it's strengths and challenges and the key components of the Career Guidance Guarantee.
It then examines the current spend on the career guidance system - including both direct and indirect government funding - and estimates the additional funds that would be required to achieve the Guarantee. As well as additional funding, the paper makes the case for using existing funding more effectively, requiring a strategic and collaborative approach from government. Finally, the paper analyses the benefits such investment could bring to the economy and society.
Among our activities to raise the profile of career development within the policy arena, the CDPG produces briefing papers, writes to Ministers and other key stakeholders, authors influential reports and organises events such as the Great debate.
We also share reports and resources from others that are valuable in understanding and affecting careers strategy and policy in England.
Most of this is available publicly, and we welcome feedback, suggestions on future policy briefings and offers to collaborate.
AGCAS is the UK and Ireland expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals.
The CDI is the professional body for everyone working in career development in the UK, supporting members and championing the career development profession.
Careers England is the trade association for organisations providing Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in England for people of all ages.
CRAC provides research, intelligence and innovation services for all those who support the career development of people of all ages and in all sectors.
iCeGS is a research centre with expertise in career development and widening access. We conduct research, consultancy and training and learning programmes up to doctoral level.
ISE is a membership organisation acting as the UK’s voice for student employers. Our vision is that the success of every business is maximised by full access to student talent.
Our vision is for the UK to lead in technology for education and research. Jisc provides technology solutions for colleges, universities, research centres and public bodies.
The IEP is the membership body for employability professionals. The IEP is dedicated to supporting the people who support others gain work, progress in work and retain work.
If you'd like more information about the CDPG, have ideas you'd like to share regarding policy issues and careers strategy, or are interested in working with or joining the CDPG, please do get in touch.