Digest 1

DIGEST of recent communications and publications received by NAEGA

Through membership of sister organisations and materials sent to us by members, NAEGA receives regular information from far and wide. This first Digest is an attempt to make some of this information more widely available for members.

Third Age Employment Network (TAEN) NAEGA is a member of TAEN. The summer 2002 Newsletter gives a quick analysis of response to the DTI consultation. Some of the main points emerging are:

  • definitions of direct and indirect discrimination seem respondents to less significant than at first thought
  • most respondents feel that age should not be a factor in recruitment, retention or promotion of staff
  • the abolition of the normal retirement age would be both possible and beneficial
  • age discrimination in the sale of goods and services must be included in the legislation (e.g. differential insurance costs).

TAEN's Annual Conference will be held in London on Thursday 10 October on the theme of Returners and Retention. Details from

The Quest for Quality Educational Guidance for Refugees
is a report by Ayten Sinkil for RETAS (Refugee Education and Training Advisory Service)/WUS (World University Service, UK). Copies are available from

Newscheck is now published by Connexions National Unit and is still available free of charge. To go on the mailing list e-mail

The Sept/Oct issue (Vol 13 No 1) has useful articles on the consultation on the National Specification for Careers Education and Guidance 11-19 and on EQUAL — New EU Initiative set to fund innovations in careers guidance and counselling (for details see www.equal.ecotec.co.uk)

IAEVG [International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance] held its General Assembly in Warsaw in May. IAEVG has launched The International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance. (Contact via General Secretary )

The Guidance Council's Policy Bulletin No 29 (Sept 2002) is published electronically. No 29 has short reports on:

  1. Adult Learning Inspectorate, Annual Report of the Chief Inspector 2001-02
  2. Post-16 Education and Training
  3. HE
  4. Union Learning Fund
  5. Career Counselling in the Emerging Post-Industrial Society
  6. The Economic Benefits of Guidance

Of these the sixth item is well worth noting as it is on an issue constantly raised by Government:

A new report from the Centre for Guidance Studies, University of Derby 'The Economic Benefits of Guidance' (Hughes, Bosley, Bowes & Bysshe, 2002) presents the results of a literature review and offers an initial assessment of available evidence in relation to the economic benefits of guidance. The research report builds on a range of activities designed to examine traditional and new methods of measuring the economic benefits of guidance, and aims to inform current and future debate on approaches that can be effectively used to capture the processes and outcomes of these and the wider benefits of guidance.

Further information on this report can be obtained from the Centre for Guidance Studies — email

Getting started with the Internet in Adult Guidance

Marcus Offer writes:

'I have produced a (free) booklet as a result of the European project I wrote to you about earlier — it is entitled “Getting started with the Internet in Adult Guidance” and is 12 pages long and intended for beginners. I'd like to distribute it widely. Further copies may be downloaded in pdf from www.guidanceforum.net'

Digest prepared by Jonathan Brown.
Sept 2002