Digest 2

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 Digest is an attempt to make some of this information more widely available for members.

CRAC Conference Careers Education

at the Le Meridien Russell Hotel, London WC1
on Friday, 29 November 2002.

This conference will consider what policy makers and practitioners are currently doing to improve careers education programmes, including the implications of the new national specification for careers education and what these may mean for you, your programmes and your students, trainees and employees.

Key contributors include: Paul Chubb, Group Chief Executive, Guidance Enterprises Group; Helen Mason, Director of Student and Community Support, Southampton City College; Caroline Sutton, Curriculum Adviser for Careers Education and Guidance, North Yorkshire Local Education Authority Curriculum Advisory service; and Anne Weinstock CBE, Chief Executive, Connexions Service National Unit.

For further information or online: www.crac.org.uk/events/careers_edu/course

Next step 2003

The new careers show for mid-life professionals

A brand new event targeted at the mature professional marketplace called Next Step 2003 in association with Age Positive, has been launched to provide this important group of business people with a wealth of new career and working-life ideas and opportunities.

The show, which is taking place at the Royal Horticultural Halls on 27 and 28 June 03, will feature specialist employment agencies, outplacement consultants, charities, NFP organisations, financial advisors, franchise companies, new business advisors, direct sales companies and training agencies amongst its exhibitors. Alongside these will be a series of impartial and informative seminars on topics such as transferable skills, redundancy investment advice, buying a franchise, starting new enterprises and retraining.

For more information about Next Step 2003 (27-29 June 2003, Royal Horticultural Halls, London visit: www.nextstepshow.co.uk

NIACE Conference: Having an impact

Integrating guidance for learning and work into lifelong learning policy

Wednesday 11 December at Midlands Engineering Centre, Austin Court, Birmingham.

Keynote addresses by:

  • Geoff Layer (University of Bradford)
  • Gareth Dent (learndirect Advice, Ufi)
  • Cathy Bereznicki (Guidance Council)
  • Liz Smith (TUC)

Mini plenaries on Employment; Community; FE and HE: IAG Partnerships.

Details and bookings to: www.niace.org.uk/conferences

Journal of Access and Credit Studies

Vol. 4 No. 1

Just published contains Access: Guidance and Tutor/Student Relationships [Perspectives from a qualitative longitudinal research project] by Kenneth Gibson and June Waters (University of Derby)

This paper looks at guidance offered to Access students and tutor/student relationships, from the point of view of Access students. It is based on part of a longitudinal research project into the experience of adults studying on a university based Access to HE course.

JACS 4 (1) also contains papers on:

  • Age mixing in FE colleges: does it help or hinder learners? [Pam Cole, University of Sheffield]
  • The complexity of disaffection: mature returners and the narrative tensions of inclusion, hierarchy and access [Paul Warmington, University Of Nottingham]
  • Included in exclusion: learning, civil society and widening participation [Stewart Martin and Bill Williamson, University of Durham]
  • Regeneration - potential or missed opportunity: what is the contribution to the new learning agenda? [John Diamond, Edge Hill College of HE]

Subscription information for JACS from www.nocn.org.uk

Guidance Research Conference April 2003

Organised by NICEC and FEDPAG (Federation of Professional Associations in Guidance of which NAEGA is a member), the second guidance research conference is to be held next year.

Cutting Edge II: Learning from Research
28-30 April 2003
Britannia Hotel, Coventry

The 'Cutting Edge' conference which was held in Leicester in 2000, was influential in stimulating debate about guidance-related issues, and in generating research activity. The Cutting Edge II conference will take that process forward. Delegates will be drawn from a range of interest groups, including practitioners, policy makers and researchers. The three key themes, around which the conference will be structured, will be:


including approaches to guidance from a variety of international, national and sectoral perspectives


including the impact of demographic shifts, technological change, evolving working patterns, changes in the role of careers guidance practitioners, and trends and developments in the context within guidance is provided

Learning from Research

including the relationship between research and policy, the role of practitioners in research, and the sharing of findings from practice

A call for papers to be presented will be made in the autumn.

It is important that NAEGA is well represented at this Conference and that colleagues with research projects consider submitting a paper. If you require informal help over this contact Jonathan Brown on

The International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance

Volume 2 Number 2, 2002

The contents of the latest journal from IAEVG [International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance] include:

Tractenberg L, Streumer J and van Zolingen S,
Career Counselling in the emerging Post-Industrial Society

Prideaux, L-A, Patton, W and Creed P, Development of a Theoretically Derived Career Program: An Australian Endeavour

For details of journal and IAEVG see www.iaevg.org

Adults Learning

September 2002 Volume 14 Number 1

The latest edition of adults learning contains a series of reflections on the Kennedy report 5 years after publication.

Details of the publication and all other NIACE products can be found on: www.niace.org.uk

Digest 2 prepared by Jonathan Brown.
October 2002