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News Archive 2006

A new NAEGA Occasional Publication for the New Year
Posted: 19 December 2006

In January all members will be mailed a copy of our new Occasional Publication Learning from Adult Guidance Practice: NAEGA Case Studies - England

These case studies collected by NAEGA members formed part of the NAEGA submission to the English IAG Review. But they will be useful to members outside England well. In the foreword to the Occasional Publication, Professor Jonathan Brown says

“I commend it to all our members not only to those who practice in England. Although the case studies were collected in England ... the voices here both of clients and of their advisers speak universally. I am sure that equivalent voices collected in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and outside the UK distinguished by different accents, would tell a very similar story of the service they received. So the reading is recommended to all members wherever they practice. We are united by practice, only divided by policy and funding.”

De-merger in Scotland: is a decision imminent?
Posted: 19 December 2006

The decision to separate Careers Scotland from Scottish Enterprise was taken in principle in March and was followed by an extensive consultation exercise. There are now many rumours about what is to happen. In Scotland on Sunday on 10 December, an article which appeared to be quite authoritative appeared under the headline Crunch time for Careers Scotland. In the article, Terry Murden reported that Careers Scotland's 1,250 staff could expect to hear about their future before Christmas with an announcement from Deputy-First-Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Nicol Stephen. This will impact on the 1,100 staff from Scottish Enterprise. In the North of Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise will retain responsibility for providing Careers Scotland services.

However some observers believe that the decision on Careers Scotland is now complicated by increased political activity prior to the elections to the Scottish Parliament in May 2007. The Murden article says that uncertainty remains “and has been clouded by political posturing over skills training in the warm-up to next year's elections”. So there is a possibility of a delayed decision: “Scottish Enterprise expected to lose its responsibility for Careers Scotland next April, but there is growing concern that this date will now slip and that nothing will change until after the elections next May”.

Full article

Scottish Executive consultation on the de-merger (download PDF file)

NAEGA welcomes universal adult careers advice service
Posted: 19 December 2006

NAEGA welcomes proposals for a new universal adult careers service in England, unveiled last week by Lord Leitch in his Review of Skills, particularly:

  • Principle of a universally available careers advice service for adults
  • Focus on helping all adults to take responsibility for their own career development
  • Entitlement to a free 'skills health check' for all adults
  • Flexibility of the proposed new service, to be delivered through a variety of channels and locations, including colleges and community organisations, as well as the learndirect telephone helpline and Jobcentre Plus
  • Emphasis on impartial advice and guidance, so that adults will be free to choose the best option for them
  • Proposal for a new, national campaign to raise awareness

Vivienne Rivis, NAEGA's president said: “As a UK-wide organisation we are pleased that Lord Leitch has recognised the valuable work done in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the development of universal careers guidance services for adults and young people. We welcome his proposal for a universal careers service for adults in England, but we want to see much more detail about how the service will be managed and how it will be funded.”

“In the past, advice and guidance services have been encouraged to target adults with low-level, or no, qualifications, but sometimes at the expense of people with just a few, or out-of-date, qualifications. Now Lord Leitch agrees with us that all adults, whatever level they are at, may need help to learn new skills or up-date their existing skills and qualifications.”

“The new system of funding he proposes for services delivered flexibly to those hard-to-reach needs to be carefully designed. Funding local advice centres by rewarding them for the short-term outcomes achieved by the people they help, such as enrolment on any course or getting a job with no further skills training, may repeat the mistakes of previous systems.”

“We want to see high quality services, with secure funding, so that advisers can concentrate on helping individuals to achieve their full potential, even if that takes a long time. Our members, who manage and work in successful services, point out that real changes in people's lives and careers often take place across timescales that are not easy to measure. Our evidence from practice shows just how effective support over time can be.” One woman, helped by one of NAEGA's member organisations, said: “Without such support I would have severely struggled to obtain the traineeship and would most likely not be using my previous educational attainments or supporting myself by now; I cannot thank the centre and the staff enough for this.”

Ann Ruthven, NAEGA chair, said: “I welcome the Review's recognition of the importance of helping people to make informed choices by providing access to good quality, impartial information and advice on local learning opportunities. However, it is also important that people have access to information on regional, national and international opportunities for learning and work so that they can make their way in the global economy that Lord Leitch wants us to prepare for.”

“We look forward to working with learndirect and the DfES in helping to develop the new service. We hope that, in drawing on all the work already done by the on-going Review of Information, Advice and Guidance in England, to which NAEGA has made significant contributions, Lord Leitch's report will bring about a genuinely universal adult careers guidance service for the whole UK.”

Invitation to Tender for NAEGA Administration Services
Posted: 27 November 2006

NAEGA is looking for a new person or organisation to run our administration services. Download the Invitation to Tender for full details. Closing date is 3 January 2007.

Posted: 22 November 2006

1. Downloadable paper from EGSA

The 2006 Julie Hamill Memorial Lecture: A Blueprint for Careers Development was delivered in May by Deirdre Hughes (Director and Reader at the Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby). Deirdre explains that the blueprint approach 'makes explicit the competencies that all individuals need to develop in order to manage effectively life, learning and work'. The approach will

  • help people to adapt and change careers
  • facilitate consistent quality service
  • optimise use of resources
  • support integrity of service
  • help evaluate specific interventions

The lecture can be downloaded from EGSA.

2. More on DOTS in British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (Volume 34, Number 4, November 2006)

Paul McCash from the Career Studies Unit at the University of Reading writes on a paper entitled: We're all career researchers now: breaking open career education and DOTS. Those who enjoyed the workshops run by Bill Law at the 2006 NAEGA conference at York will find this a useful additional to the literature. Paul's paper is the winning entry in the BJGC's 2006 postgraduate student competition.

Guidance Exchange Programme
Posted: 22 November 2006

Full details list of one-week training programmes available under the Guidance Exchange Leonardo programme are now available. Placements are available in 14 countries across Europe and examples of the programmes include:

  • Guidance in a multi-cultural society in Iceland
  • From learning to work: Guidance for transitional periods in Galicia, Spain

The closing date for applications is 12 December.

Further details from Careers Europe

NAEGA's Company Secretary writes about her experiences on the 2006 Guidance Exchange Programme.

News from the NAEGA Board
Posted: 22 November 2006

The NAEGA Board held in London on 16 November made several key decisions including:

  • New chair: Ann Ruthven who was previously our vice chair was elected to chair for the coming year. Ann is well known to many members through her previous work for the Guidance Council and in the South West Branch. Congratulations to Ann.
  • Thanks to Kathy Blackmore: the board expressed thanks on behalf all members to Kathy Blackmore for her work not only as our previous chair but in heading the NAEGA Branch Development Project. Kathy remains as a member of the board.
  • NAEGA needs new Administration Services: the resignation of our current administrator Di Middleditch was accepted by the board with great regret. NAEGA is currently drafting an invitation to tender for administration services. The tender document will be posted here on 1 December. Any member who like earlier information or who has colleagues who might be interested can contact Jonathan Brown: 0191 2857445.
  • Every Adult Matters: 2007 NAEGA Conference at Manchester 4-6 July 2007: the Board made several key decisions about the 2007 Conference including agreeing a delegate fee structure which continues to favour those booking early - in this case before 25 May 2007; an expanded Conference Concessions Scheme; and the theme of Every Adult Matters noting how appropriate this was for a Conference which will mark NAEGA's 25th birthday 2007 NAEGA Conference
  • A new Occasional Publication from NAEGA: Learning from Guidance Practice: Vivienne Rivis, president, is preparing the case studies which were collected for our submission to the English IAG Review for simultaneous hard copy and web publication. Members will receive their own copy of this useful report early in the New Year. Watch out for it.
  • NAEGA Branch Development Conference: Friday 9th March in London: the board agreed that each branch would be entitled to attend this conference which is to help with branch development and delivery of branch programmes.

Funding for Higher Education Entry 2007
Posted: 9 November 2006

DfES events for over 16s and their parents/guardians

In partnership with the National Association for Student Money Advisers (NASMA), the DfES is repeating its series of regional events to explain the student finance arrangements for students entering Higher Education. The events are running during November and early December 2006 in:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Exeter
  • Hull
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Tonbridge

The purpose of the events is to inform those who advise young people and their parents/carers on the student finance package of fees and financial support for students entering higher education in 2007 and beyond. An updated Advisor Pack which provides a range of materials for use in your dealings with students and parents/carers will be available at the event, but this publication can also be ordered by calling 0800 587 8500 and quoting SFADPACK07.

Event dates/locations and to register for an event.

Sector Skills Council IAG Project: Bringing industry and IAG services together
Posted: 2 November 2006

A group of 12 SSCs have worked together on a project to improve IAG in their respective sectors. The project called Bringing Industry and IAG Services Together has just concluded and received a positive evaluation. Co-ordinated by Skillset, the project also involved: e-skills UK, SEMTA, ConstructionSkills, SkillsActive, Skillfast-UK, Cogent, Lantra, Skills for Health, Skills for Justice, Skills for Logistics and Improve. They have all now produced a forward-looking model for IAG within their sectors that will be taken forward as part of their Sector Skills Agreements work.

This is a significant report and the summary is worth looking at. It is very positive about the use and potential of the National Guidance Research Forum.

You can download a PDF file of the Evaluation executive summary and conclusions.

Careers Europe Newsflash: Third Age Guidance
Posted: 2 November 2006

Early notice of 8 March 2007 conference in Glasgow organised by Careers Scotland.

Over the last three years a very exciting project has been bringing together partners from across Europe to look at 'Third Age Guidance'. This has led to the development of a website which offers information and advice for professionals working in the field of vocational guidance.

Vocational guidance for people nearing the end of their careers is, for many, a novel concept, but one that is very relevant in today's labour market. This conference will bring together practitioners, researchers and policy-makers to share their knowledge and experience of this exciting field of guidance.

It is important to note that 'older people' are not a homogeneous group, but sub-divided by gender, age, education, work experience, ethnicity, health, family situation and personality. Models of guidance must take into account individual circumstances. This project, therefore, concerns vocational guidance, both proactive and reactive, and carried out by guidance services, employers and trade unions. It will assist in giving guidance practitioners tools with which to work.

Fax 0141 248 1600 if you wish to attend.

The Development of Careers Scotland's Service Delivery Framework
Posted: 25 October 2006

Careers Scotland's occasional paper, The Development of Careers Scotland's Service Delivery Framework, which has been published by the Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby (CeGS) is now available here.

It records of the work of Careers Scotland in developing differentiated services as a key element of the Careers Scotland operating model. The paper is designed to be of use to both Careers Scotland staff and to other organisations interested in exploring the adoption of similar models of service delivery.

NAEGA is grateful to Careers Scotland and CeGS for permission to re-publish this occasional paper on our website. Copyright remains with Nick Fairweather, Doug Govan and Marlene McGlynn.

NAEGA draft CPD strategy
Posted: 26 September 2006

Members are invited to comment on the strategy which was presented at our conference in York. You can find the strategy in the in the Members Section under Board Resources. Comments to NAEGA admin please:

Getting on in Business, Getting on with Learning
Posted: 5 September 2006
Book now for the Educational Guidance Service for Adults (EGSA) conference Getting on in Business, Getting on with Learning which takes place on 15 September in Belfast.

The EGSA conference will provide a focus for presenting and discussing key issues which will influence the successful delivery of a more competitive economy through a dynamic knowledge-based workforce.

Speakers include: Declan Billington, CBI Chairman, Deirdre Hughes, Director of Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby, BT, Ofcom, ANIC, DFP Delivery and Innovation Division, Sector Skills Development Agency, Management and Leadership Network and One Small Step Campaign.

Conference MC: Donna Traynor, BBC Northern Ireland

Details and booking

Sector Qualification Strategy for Advice & Guidance
Posted: 4 September 2006

ENTO, as the responsible standards body, has been commissioned by the SSDA (Sector Skills Development Agency) to develop a UK-wide sector qualification strategy for advice and guidance. Round 2 of the consultation process to develop an SQS is now underway.

The consultation events are as follows:

  • Cardiff: 19 September, 10.30am to 1.00pm
  • Glasgow: 21 September, 10.30am to 1.00pm
  • Belfast: 28 September, 10.30am to 1.00pm
  • Birmingham: 3 October, 10.30am to 1.00pm

A summary of feedback and outcomes from round 1 consultations and a revised project plan for round 2 will be available on the ENTO website.

To reserve your FREE place at one of the events, contact Frances Miller at

Posted: 21 August 2006

NAEGA has revised its Articles and Memorandum of Association

NAEGA became a company in 2002 when we were still considering if any advantages could be gained from also becoming registered as a charity. On recommendation of our accountants and Interchange (who provide legal advice to voluntary organisations) we decided to remain as a company limited by guarantee but not to seek charity status. The time was right, therefore, to review the documents which set out our aims and way of working. The changes are not substantial and mostly focus around clarification of our status as a company limited by guarantee.

Copies of the revised Articles and Memorandum of Association can be found in the Members Section; Resources; Other Resources - Board.

The documents will be presented to the AGM in York on 25th September when members will be able to vote on whether to adopt the revised documents.

New articles on critical perspectives on careers and family friendly policies
Posted: 27 July 2006

Many NAEGA members are well aware of the personal challenges faced in following a career which has at the same time to be family friendly. They know about this from their own work-life patterns and choices and also those of their clients. Although there has been recent rhetoric about family-friendly policies by politicians, the media and employers, there has been little in standard career and guidance literature. So anyone interested in discovering more is advised to look at the latest volume of a major learned journal.

The August 2006 edition of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (BJGC) publishes a special symposium on Critical Perspectives on Careers and Family Friendly Policies. BJGC is the major academic journal in the guidance field and is published four times per year. Volume 34 Number 3 devotes 109 pages this issue. The symposium arises from an ESRC-funded seminar series and the six substantive papers published in BJGC is a product of this work.

The six papers are:

  • Catherine Hakim: Women, Careers and life-work preferences
  • Audrey Collin: Conceptualising the family friendly: the contribution of careers theories and a systems approach
  • Christer Thornqvist: Family-friendly labour market policies and careers in Sweden - and the lack of them
  • Barbara Bagilhole: Family-friendly policies and equal opportunities: a contradiction in terms?
  • Penny Dick and Rosie Hyde: Line manager involvement in work-life balance and career development: can't manage, won't manage?
  • Jennifer Tomlinson: Women's work-life balance trajectories in the UK: reformulating choice and constraint in transitions through part-time work across the life course

The symposium contains papers of varying levels of complexity all of which raise questions about the changing world of careers and the relationship of this to governmental and organisation action (and inaction). Hakim for example uses preference theory to assert that there are three almost separate types career. She gives this in a classification of women's work-lifestyle preferences in the 21st Century

  • Home centred: family life and children being the main priority throughout life
  • Adaptive: a diverse group who wish to combine family with work (and also includes drifters and those with unplanned career patterns)
  • Work centred: the main concentration is on work/career

Audrey Collin argues that a systems approach to career theories may assist with joined up thinking on career and family-friendly issues. Writing from Swedish experience, Thornqvist raises the question of what 'family-friendly' is really about arguing that whatever it is cannot be separated from gender issues in the labour market. The belief now is that further progress may come not from action (regulation) from the government but from changes in how people themselves view family-friendly: in short it is a hearts and minds challenge. Bagilhole reports on research in a large public sector organisation on the impact of gender equality and family friendly policies. Unsurprisingly the results paint a complex picture. However it is clear that “women want better FF policies” but see the key as being awareness and commitment to such policies from senior managers.

Across Europe the role of the line manager is becoming increasingly relevant to career development. Penny Dick and Rosie Hyde investigate how this works for staff whose hours have been reduced as permitted under family-friendly policies. The conclusion is that “gendered assumptions, deeply embedded in organisational practices and structures, may render the career development of reduced-hours staff invisible to many line managers”. In the final paper Jennifer Tomlinson looks at why women choose to part-time when the conditions for and status of such employment are inferior. Tomlinson argues that perceived 'choices' in this area and thus career trajectories are determined by care networks, work status and welfare policies as well as personal preferences.

Jonathan Brown

Conference Bulletin No. 2
Countdown to York: 176 days to go
Posted: 5 April 2006

ADULT GUIDANCE: Best Practice for the Future

NAEGA Conference: 25-26 September

Hello. Since bulletin No.1 in February things have moved rapidly. Then I reported on a sparky first meeting of the conference planning team. Since then we have met again and the meeting was even more interesting. In the meeting, we actually talked about guidance and its practice. Moreover the meeting itself became a kind of CPD workshop. Gosh that sounds grand doesn't it? We had a really creative discussion about the programme and its shape over the two days of the conference. It was when we started talking about what was involved and talking creatively that the planning meeting began to feel like CPD. I produce two examples of creativity from our discussions which illustrate this.

  • The first was a Practitioner Panel on Monday 25 September. Kathy Blackmore (NAEGA Chair and Convenor of the Conference Planning Team) wondered if we could get three to share their differing experiences using the same framework for analysis. What about Egan as a way forward? Well a lot of members have come across Gerard Egan on their guidance Journey so have a lot of other people. After all his book The Skilled Helper is now in its seventh edition. But in the end we decided that the model we would use would be DOTS. What is DOTS? Well we looked at that too as have most students during their initial training for guidance. (But do see the footnote below and note that Bill Law who was its begetter will be running a Conference Workshop on DOTS and Super DOTS. And if you can't wait until September do visit Bill's website at
  • The second example was on the panel on CPD itself. Our first thoughts was to have three speakers but we decided after debate that we really wanted a participatory session using delegate experience of their own CPD. So we have now have a plenary session called Grow your own practice: delegates and their CPD which will be based on a questionnaire completed by delegates attending the conference with detailed oral comments from a range of members. It could be the high spot of the event!

And if that is not sufficient we also have as a keynote speaker John McCarthy [Director of the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy based in CEDEFOP, an agency of the European Commission] to give a pan European view. The other keynote will be given by David Russell, [DfES] on the English IAG Review.

But at the centre of the activity of the Conference is a wide selection of workshops: 36 in all.

Members will be receiving the Conference Prospectus by post in early May. It should be good. It will be good. Note the date [Monday 25 September & Tuesday 26 September] for your opportunity to participate in this exciting CPD event. Hear what others have say and say your own twopenn'orth.


DOTS was a model introduced by Bill Law and Tony Watts to assist understanding of guidance in education in about 1977. It is widely used in most training courses for guidance. Although DOTS is used as the algorithm the sequence is SODT where:

S = Self-awareness “Who am I?”
O = Opportunity awareness “Where am I?”
D = Decision Learning “What will I do?”
T = Transition learning “How will I cope?”

Jonathan Brown, 4 April 2006,

NIACE Initial Response to the FE White Paper
Posted: 5 April 2006

In double quick time NIACE has given a most thoughtful initial response the Further Education White Paper: Further Education: Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances (Cm 6768). Colleagues should note several of NIACE's key points about the way in which the White Paper impacts on adult learners including:

NIACE believes that the balance of the white paper over-emphasises measures to improve (indeed 'goldplate') arrangements for the 14-25 age range but offers less to people over 25. Why, for example, is there not an entitlement for an "Educational Healthcheck" at age 50 or 55 for adults re-thinking their late career in the labour market beyond 60 and 65?”

The deadline for responses to the DfES is 19 June.

NIACE response

White Paper

NIACE Adult Learning Yearbook 2006
Posted: 5 April 2006

Now available. Priced at just £23.95, the Yearbook contains over 3000 key names, with contact details and websites, as well as a list of acronyms and key education resources. It is the most valuable directory for anyone involved in adult education.

NAEGA Membership and Professional Competence: NOCN Level 3 in IAG
Posted: 5 April 2006

NAEGA has just received an email from a member working in the South of England drawing attention to the advantage that membership of NAEGA may have in completing NOCN Advanced Certificate (level 3) in Information, Advice & Guidance

“Re-reading my NAEGA magazine, I realise you mention attending NAEGA branch meetings & conferences as satisfying NVQ IAG unit requirements.”

“Members might also know that there is a similar requirement in the optional Unit 9 - 'Operating within Networks' of the OCN (Open College Network) Advanced Certificate in Information, Advice & Guidance (NVQ level 3 equivalent).”

“I think this is worth mentioning - the OCN seems to be becoming more popular as a qualification, certainly in the South where I work.”

New articles on Guidance in the Home Countries
Posted: 16 March 2006

The February 2006 edition of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling (BJGC) publishes a special symposium on careers guidance structures in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. BJGC is the major academic journal in the guidance field and is published four times per year. Volume 34 Number 1 devotes no less than 91 pages to recent developments of careers guidance in a period of devolution and diversification. There are five articles included in the journal of which that by Professor Tony Watts gives the overview Devolution and diversification: careers guidance in the home countries. Watts is, as ever, clear about what has happened. In England, he sees the process as “seeking horizontal integration of services for adults and young people” whereas in the other three countries differing forms of “vertical integration on an all-age basis” have developed. He sees the English position as weakening structures for guidance provision and because of the size of the country (relative to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) this is having an impact on the profession throughout the UK.

The English contribution is by Dr Rachel Mulvey who writes on Career Guidance in England: retrospect and prospect. The retrospection is over the last 25 years and sees the position as one of tension and incoherence. Indeed, her conclusion is that the current policy is stretched across “a fretwork of polarities”. Rachel identifies four polarities:

  1. The age polarity: “youth at one end, adults at the other, with little shading along the spectrum in terms of which agency deals with which client, and under which budget heading”.
  2. Target groups: “falling within or without a designated target group”.
  3. The outs and the ins (a direct consequence of the social inclusion agenda): “between those who are not in education, employment or training (irrespective of age) and those who are...”
  4. Policy makers and experts (practitioners, managers and researchers in the field): “the former having the power, and the latter the responsibility”.

The Scottish article Careers Guidance in Scotland: retrospect and prospect is by Cathy Howieson and Sheila Semple. The authors suggest that the national publicly funded, all age service under the banner of Careers Scotland is a dividend from devolution, “the agency would not have been established in the absence of devolution”. They point out the influence of England in terms of the unity of the profession (in training and practice) and over quality assurance. Another issue hinted is the tension involved in having Scottish Enterprise as the host agency for the major part of Careers Scotland. Scottish Enterprise in its core role is a strategic agency. Acquiring an operational arm which needs to “ensure a working careers guidance service on the ground requires some changed perspectives and procedures...”

From Wales Mike Clark and John Talbot offer Careers Guidance in Wales: retrospective and prospect. This paper describes the development of an all age service on the different model to that of Scotland. The retaining over time of a free impartial service is seen as a crucial issue. The introduction of Learning Coaches pilot schemes is also discussed.

The Careers Service in Northern Ireland has been developed with the Civil Service. This and other issues are discussed by Moira McCarthy and Rob Millar in Careers Guidance in Northern Ireland: retrospective and prospect.

The BJGC symposium provides an up-to-date and challenging series of papers on the present position of careers guidance in the UK. In all of the papers, the specific issues facing adult guidance in this changing world are addressed. This issue will become for some time a compulsory background reading for those already in the field as well as those training to join us.

Jonathan Brown, 14 March 2006

Note on accessing BJGC : Most University and College Libraries will subscribe to the Journal. Many careers libraries and services also subscribe though this may be less so than in the past. All subscribers have member access to the online edition of BJGC which is available at ISSN 1469-3534.

Older Adults: New Briefing Paper
Posted: 2 March 2006

In 2004, NAEGA members received a copy of Geoff Ford's report, Am I Still Needed? Guidance and Learning for Older Adults. Geoff has followed up this major work with a briefing note, The Turner Report on Pensions: Implications for Careers Guidance.This seven-side briefing (very nicely presented) can be downloaded from TAEN (The Age and Employment Network). This briefing follows the two Reports of the Pensions Commission [chaired by Lord Turner] (2004 and 2005) and looks at the implications for career guidance with all-age groups from school to 45/50+.

Geoff Ford is a longstanding member of NAEGA, a Fellow of NICEC and a Senior Consultant to TAEN on career guidance.

Countdown to York: 211 days to the 2006 Conference
Posted: 2 March 2006

The conference planning team for 2006 consists of 10 members led by NAEGA chair Kathy Blackmore together with Eleanor Muirhead of Event Management and Marketing Matters. Of the 10 members, seven of us are from Yorkshire and the North East branches. However, we also have Judy Jones from Carmarthen who convened the 2005 conference planning team. Jonathan Brown will post occasional bulletins on progress. Comments and suggestions to .

Conference Bulletin No. 1
Posted: 2 March 2006

Well folks, we had the first meeting of the planning team at the University of York last week. It was a sparky, creative meeting. A good one. We found:

  • our venue to be a building site: but do not fear the University of York is convinced that they have not got a Wembley Stadium situation! They fully expect to have the refurbished site back in their hands by Easter so there is no problem about our September conference
  • out that we had a lot to do to deliver our conference: even 211 days does not now appear to be very long time in which to do so much
  • the rail transport to and from York to be quite excellent from all parts of the UK. York was after all the home of the 'Railway King' (the dynamic and rascally George Hudson, 1800-1871)
  • the No. 4 buses from York Station run every 8 minutes (from right outside the station) and take a mere 12 minutes to reach the University of York Campus complete with all those wildfowl (so do watch where you put your feet)

At a more prosaic level, the team started its first meeting with little more than booked dates and an abundance of goodwill together with lots of experience of running such events. (Well - Kathy, Judy and Eleanor have recent experience and Jonathan convened the two Durham conferences in the 1990s). By the end of our first meeting we had agreed:

  • prices (conference fees) which maintain a handsome DISCOUNT for early booking
  • a title which emphasises the both good practice and the future, 'ADULT GUIDANCE: Best Practice for the Future'
  • a continuing emphasis on the practitioner (and the client) in our programme
  • some ideas for sponsorship, AND
  • a lot of work needing to be done

I will continue to report on our progress in future bulletins. My final thought for this first bulletin of the series is that NAEGA was born Yorkshire (in 1982) and held its first residential conference in Yorkshire (1985) so that we have much to live up to when we come together again in Yorkshire on 25-26 September 2006. But we will do it: so do note the date in your diary and try to join us in the ancient City of York on 25-26 September. Be there.

Jonathan Brown, 2 March 2006,

NCGE: ten years in support of guidance
Posted: 2 March 2006

The National Centre for Guidance in Education is an agency of the Irish Department of Education and Science. For the past ten years NCGE has worked to support and develop guidance across the education spectrum. The centre assists guidance practitioners in education, including support teachers in primary schools, guidance counsellors in post-primary schools, guidance practitioners in third level education, guidance practitioners working with adults in education, and guidance in Youthreach and similar programmes.

NCGE has collaborated with the Department of Education and Science on a number of significant guidance projects and has informed the policy of the Department in the field of guidance. Of particular note has been NCGE's lead role in the establishment and ongoing development of The Adult Educational Guidance Initiative. The centre has also collaborated with the DES in the development of the first policy document on the definition and role of guidance in post-primary schools and the development of guidelines and training in Guidance Programme Planning for post primary schools.

At a celebratory event held in Dublin on 26 January to mark the first ten years, NCGE launched its report NCGE in support of Guidance, Policy and Practice 1995-2005. Professor Jonathan Brown, who represented NAEGA at the event, said: NCGE has an important role in the development of adult guidance in the Republic of Ireland through its supervisory role in relation to The Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI). There are now some 24 adult guidance projects funded under AEGI. Several of the AEGI projects are members of NAEGA.”

The birthday event was marked by a clear articulation of the nature of guidance as a lifelong and lifewide process. There was also testimony to the role of guidance workers who “at their core we have both goodness and helpfulness.”

The celebration was greatly assisted by a presentation on Integrative Career / life planning: the challenge for guidance by Sunny Hansen, Professor Emerita, Counselling and Student Personnel Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.

Integrative Career/Life Planning (ILP) is part of a new paradigm for helping people at any stage of their lives reflect and act on their life career choices and decisions in some different ways. It is a distinctly new way of thinking about old problems in that it pulls together several aspects of life not always included in career planning - aspects which foster thinking about connectedness and wholeness in contrast to separation and fragmentation. Briefly, ILP is a model which identifies seven critical tasks for career development and changing life patterns. These are:

  • Find work that needs doing in changing global contexts and provides economic self-sufficiency
  • Weaving our lives into a meaningful whole
  • Connecting families and work
  • Valuing pluralism and inclusivity
  • Managing personal transitions and organisational change
  • Attending to emotional, mental and physical health
  • Exploring spirituality, meaning and life purpose

ILP does challenge guidance practice. Professor Hansen spoke with charm, passion and purpose. To find out more, consult her major work, HANSON LS (1997) Integrative life planning: critical tasks for career development and changing life patterns (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass)

Bill Law's Career-Learning Café
Posted: 16 February 2006

This site run by Bill Law and friends ( is well worth a visit. New and revised items in the magazine are:

  • In touch, articles: Youth Matters - parleying and pushing on is updated with how to maximise the effectiveness of the YM proposals
  • In touch, PowerPoints: Learning from Experience is further developed and supports a fuller version of the original paper
  • Making it work, narrative handouts are tuned-up to make better links with supporting theory

In the underpinning section:

  • Learning from Experience is now available as a PDF. It develops a new concept of labour-market experience (LME), to set alongside labour-market information (LMI). It argues that learners, more and more, need to reflect on their own experience as well as on our expertise
  • Fewer Lists and More Stories on PDF updates the literature; includes more quotations from useful biographical material; sets out a sharper explanation of the key concepts; and offers more leads on practice.

Adult Guidance Provision in England: Reducing the Burden of Administration for IAG
Posted: 16 February 2006

A recent parliamentary question on the burden of administration from Stephen O'Brien MP (Con, Eddisbury - former education spokesman) has led to the placing of a letter from the chief executive of the LSC.

In a letter of 24 January Mark Haysom says "Since the introduction of the nextstep service in 2004, the LSC has reduced the administrative burden on providers of adult Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services by:

  • Publishing an annual delivery specification setting out the programme requirements and complimenting this with a single planning template
  • Agreeing with the IAG delivery sector, a national customer record that captures core data for the national nextstep service and which is capable of being customised for local European Social Fund funded guidance provision
  • Introducing a standardised monthly management upload process for customer data associated with the core nextstep contract

Before these changes were implemented, consultation was undertaken with a representative of the then Bureaucracy Review Group to ensure their appropriateness. Feedback from our regional IAG working group indicates that the changes have been well received and have had a significant impact on the quality and availability of management information on services provided."

Advice and Guidance and Non Formal and Informal Learning
Posted: 16 February 2006

Across Europe the development of non-formal and informal learning is seen as a vital tool in increasing access to education, training for adults across Europe.

The EuroGuideVal project is a European Leonardo project that aims to develop training materials for professionals working in the field of the Accreditation of Prior Leaning. This includes providing advice and guidance for those undertaking APL and also raising awareness of APL for those working in advice and guidance.

Careers Europe will cooperate with NAEGA East within the project and hopes to produce training materials to promote awareness of the accreditation of prior learning by advisers.

Careers Europe would like examples of good practice or projects that have created links between advisers and the APL process, or where advice and guidance has been provided as part of the APL process.

If you have been involved in such a project, contact Phil Williams at Careers Europe 01274 829600 or

RARPA Measures Success
Posted: 9 February 2006

RARPA (Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement in Non-accredited Learning) is being implemented across LSC-funded provision in England as the 'New Measure of Success' for non-accredited learning. As RARPA now applies to all non-accredited learning it should be included in future self-assessments and in scoping for inspection. Even if you don't have LSC funding, RARPA is still a useful learner-centred approach for assuring the quality of learner experience.

RARPA describes a particular approach to a significant part of the quality assurance systems of providers in the post-school sector for non-accredited provision. The term 'non-accredited' in this context describes all provision in the Learning and Skills sector that does not lead to a qualification or to an externally accredited certificate. 'Externally accredited' means that the certificate is awarded by an organisation independent of the provider of the programme. The RARPA approach consists of two interlinked processes:

  • Applying an explicit and common staged process to recognising and recording progress and achievement.
  • Validating the consistent and effective application of this staged process through a range of judgements about the application of the staged process

NIACE is supporting providers in implementing RARPA. ( For further information contact Raksha Mistry on 0116 2044237 or email

Posted: 2 February 2006

Europass, the European Commission's initiative to facilitate the mobility of workers and learners in Europe, has now been launched in the UK.

Europass is designed to help people better communicate their qualifications and skills when applying for a job, training or a learning opportunity in Europe. To help achieve this, five Europass documents are available:

  • Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Europass Language Passport
  • Europass Mobility
  • European Certificate Supplement
  • Europass Diploma Supplement

Individuals can create the Europass Curriculum Vitae and Europass Language Passport for themselves at The other three documents are to be issued by organisations such as training providers, awarding bodies, higher education institutions and organisations sending and receiving trainees.

See UK National Europass Centre (UK NEC) and the European Centre. Careers Europe has now also added information about Europass to EXODUS and the Eurofacts sheets.

Source: Careers Europe newsletter.

BJGC Symposium, Derby, 17 March 2006
Posted: 2 February 2006

The February edition of the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling publishes a symposium on careers guidance structures in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The authors of the key papers are:

  • Scotland: Sheila Semple and Cathy Howieson
  • Northern Ireland: Robert Millar
  • Wales: John Talbot and Mike Clark
  • England: Rachel Mulvey

To mark this publication, our sister organisation, ICG is hosting the symposium Devolution and Diversification at which all the authors of the BJGC will speak. This symposium will be taking place on 17 March 2006, at University of Derby. Download the Symposium programme or go to for booking details.

National Centre for Guidance in Education 10th birthday celebration
Posted: 26 January 2006

The National Centre for Guidance in Education ( is an agency of the Irish Department of Education & Science. Its main roles are to support and develop guidance practice in all areas of education and to inform the policy of the department in the field of guidance.

To mark its 10th birthday, NCGE is holding a celebration event on 20th February. Guest speaker will be Sunny Hansen, Professor Emeritus of Counselling and Student Psychology, Minnesota University who will give a talk on 'Integrative Career Life Planning'. The organisation will also launch a publication 'NCGE in support of Guidance, Policy and Practice 1995-2005'.

Professor Jonathan Brown, who will represent NAEGA at the event, says, NCGE has an important role in the development of adult guidance in the Republic of Ireland through its supervisory role in relation to the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative (AEGI). There are now some 24 adult guidance projects funded under AEGI. Several of the AEGI projects are members of NAEGA.”

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