New Schools Statutory Guidance on Careers Advice Spells Out Access for Providers

Following the publication of the Government’s Careers Strategy in December 2017, the DfE have this month issued revised statutory guidance for schools regarding their duties relating to independent careers guidance. Of particular relevance to GMLPF members is the new legal duty for schools to provide access to providers of technical education and Apprenticeships.

Key points from the Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance (Careers Guidance And Access for Education and Training Providers) of relevance to GMLPF members are as follows:

  • Gatsby Benchmarks
    The Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance recommends that secondary schools and academies should adopt the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop/improve careers provision.
  • Benchmark 7
    States that by age 16 “every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities…… including Apprenticeship providers.”
  • Apprenticeships
    The Statutory Guidance states that “every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or Apprenticeships.”
  • Policy Statement
    Every school MUST publish a “policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed”. Schools must publish this on their website. The Guidance provides an example of a policy statement on provider access and this features a named contact that providers should contact to request access to pupils.
  • No exceptions
    Schools MUST make provider visits available to ALL pupils, and “should not do anything which might limit the ability of pupils to attend”. Examples of unacceptable behaviours are given as “restricting invitations to selected groups of pupils”.
  • ASK programme
    It is suggested that schools make use of locally available support, such as the ASK programme, which GMLPF is contracted to deliver to schools with the support of members.
  • Labour Market Information
    It is advised that schools should ensure that all pupils have made use of information about career paths and labour market information to inform their decisions. Here, it is obvious that information and data about Liverpool City Region Growth Sectors and associated opportunities will be particularly useful for local schools.
  • Addressing individual pupil needs
    In relation to careers advice, schools are advised to ensure that “young people from all backgrounds, gender and diversity groups, including those with special education needs and disabilities consider the widest possible range of careers.” They should also take particular care to identify those pupils who are at risk of non-participation post 16 and draw support to ensure transition into further education or training. Here, GMLPF members who have historical success in supporting these sectors of the community have a strong offer to make to schools.

Building on our experience of delivering Apprenticeships information sessions in schools as part of the ASK programme, GMLPF will be considering the scope of contributing to a coordinated support service for schools to help them deliver duties relating to provision of information about Apprenticeships and other vocational options.  

In the meantime, we strongly recommend that GMLPF members hoping to build relations with schools:

  • Familiarise themselves thoroughly with the Careers Strategy, Statutory Guidance and Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Familiarise themselves with LCR Growth Sector information and opportunities
  • From now on, review policy statements on schools’ websites to identify named contacts to arrange visits to increase likelihood of “speaking to the right person”
  • Consider tailoring approach to schools based on their duties as outlined in the revised statutory guidance, showing how as an Apprenticeship/vocational training provider you can help them meet their obligations

We would be interested to know your views on the revised guidance, especially suggestions for a coordinated approach for supporting schools. Please email [email protected]

DfE Statutory Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers Jan 2018 

 

Impact of Apprenticeship Reforms: What GMLPF Members Say

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSES FROM APPRENTICESHIP PROVIDERS TO GMLPF MEMBER SURVEY
RECRUITMENT OF 16 TO 18 YEAR OLDS
Comparing figures for May to Sept 16 and May to Sept 17
WHY THE DECREASE?
Employer confusion over reforms
Employers not recruiting 16 to 18 year olds because they aren’t job ready
Complex in-company procurement processes
Lack of Government advertising to employers
20% off the job element putting employers off
RECRUITMENT OF 19+
Comparing figures for May to Sept 16 and May to Sept 17
WHY THE DECREASE?
Employers reluctant to co-invest
Employers confused over reforms
Employer attitude to Apprenticeships changing
20% off the job element putting employers off
Employers putting staff on other courses with alternative funding eg adult learning loans
LEVY PAYING EMPLOYERS
WHY?
Employers finding it difficult to identify who is responsible for their levy
Employers opting to treat levy as a tax rather than additionally investing in wages & training
Employer confusion over reforms
20% OFF THE JOB
EMERGING TRENDS
The adult social care industry has rejected the Apprenticeship Offer so recruitment has collapsed
Harder to offer training opportunities to 19+
Employers frustrated with reduced choice of providers due to public sector levy procurement
Some sectors object to 20% off the job element; others like hairdressing & construction don’t
Some employers making staff pay for
10%
PROVIDER RESPONSE – GOOD PRACTICE
Educating employers, promoting incentives, stimulating demand
Streamlining apprentice enrolment process to reduce costs
Being flexible over 10% payment eg spreading payments
Widening provision offer to access bigger markets
GMLPF:
THE VOICE OF LEARNING PROVIDERS IN LIVEPOOL CITY REGION

GMLPF members on RoATP

Many congratulations to the GMLPF members whose applications to the Register Of Apprenticeship Training Providers have been successful.

The GMLPF members who are now listed on RoATP are

Aspire Achieve Advance
Alder Training
Alt Valley
Andrew Collinge
Antrec Ltd
Asset Training
Aigburth Training Opportunties
Damar Ltd
DH Associates
Dianthus Ltd
Fit UK Ltd
GP Strategies
HIT Training
Hybrid Technical Services Ltd
Jamie Carragher Foundation
Jarvis
JM Education
JTL Training
Kaplan
Knowsley Community College
Learn Direct
Lite Ltd
Mercia Partnership
Michael John Academy
Mode Training
Moore Skills
Morthyng
Myerscough College
North Liverpool Regeneration Company
North West Community Services
North West Training College
Park Education
Progress Sports
Progress To Excellence
Riverside LEC
Rocket Training
Southport College
St Helens Chamber
St Helens College
Sysco
Team Enterprises
The City Of Liverpool College
The Engineering College
The Vocational College
Three Dimensional Training Ltd
TPM
Training Strategies Ltd
TTE Training Ltd
Wirral Metropolitan College