Consultation - Warwickshire Careers Strategy 2019/20 - 2024/25

Closed 26 Jul 2019

Opened 19 Jun 2019

Feedback Updated 18 Oct 2019

We Asked

In May 2018, a report was taken to Corporate Board recommending the development of a new Warwickshire Careers Strategy and the establishment of a new Employability & Skills Board to co-ordinate and drive this work forward within priority WE4 of the Warwickshire Education strategy. Accordingly, a draft strategy was developed by May 2019.

A consultation process on the draft strategy was undertaken from 24th June-26th July 2019. The aim of the consultation was to engage with and obtain feedback from a range of residents with a particular focus on those most likely to benefit from the strategy such as young people, adult learners both in work and seeking work, and vulnerable learners.

You Said

The consultation included an on-line survey available to all residents/stakeholders and a series of discussions with groups of keystakeholders. There was also an option to request a consultation survey document to be sent by post for return by pre-paid post or dropping off at a library.

There were 83 visitors to the on-line consultation with 19 responses spread across these types of residents: Business; Secondary School staff; FE College staff; General Public; Parent/Guardian/Carer; Special School staff.

Discussions were held with more than 100 people at these key stakeholder groups:

  • Adult & Community Learning (WCC) customers at Leamington Spa;
  • Care Leavers’ Forum (WCC);
  • Careers Leaders from secondary schools/FE colleges;
  • Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce (South Warwickshire branch);
  • Northern Area Secondary Head Teachers and College Leaders;
  • Southam College pupils from years 9-12 ;
  • Youth Parliament (WCC).

A separate written response was received from the Federation of Small Businesses which represents the interests and views of nearly 27,000 small businesses in the county.

There was strong agreement (around two-thirds of respondents) with the vision and priorities proposed.

13 key issues and recommendations arising from feedback were presented to Cabinet on 12th September. To view this report please click on this this link.

We Did

In response to feedback, a number of changes were made to the revised strategy presented to Cabinet. The changes related to :

  • Provision of Careers Education, Information and Advice
  • Expanding the Communications plan to include more ‘grassroots’ promotion in local communities.
  • Exploring how advice and learning support provided by libraries can be promoted more widely.
  • Exploring how the Council’s Adult & Community Learning offer can be promoted more widely.
  • Ensuring the new web portal provides comprehensive information for young people (as well as other residents).
  • Further development of business/education collaboration by support from the Skills for Employment programme and working with the Federation of Small Businesses and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Providing another opportunity for Special Schools to apply for the Skills for Employment £3,000 grant for 2019/20 and encouraging them to apply for the free Careers consultancy support being introduced in September 2019.
  • Ensuring support for middle-aged Adults is clearly communicated.
  • Paying particular attention to the needs of residents with mental health issues to ensure communication of information and support is appropriate to their needs.
  •  Expanding the Skills supply and demand information currently provided to cover more sectors and job types and providing it more regularly.

Cabinet approved the strategy without any further changes on 12th September.

The Employability & Skills Board met on 27th September 2019 to review the draft implementation plan and agree specific actions for members.

The new web portal which will be the focal point for the new strategy and access to further information and support has been developed and will be ready to go live in November 2019.

The strategy will be launched in the second half of November 2019.

A review of the launch and initial implementation will take place at the next  meeting of the Employability & Skills Board on 31st January 2020.

Results Updated 23 Sep 2019

The consultation findings and proposed final version of the Careers Strategy were considered by Warwickshire County COuncil Cabinet on September 12. Cabinet approved the strategy and agreed that progress on the implementation of the Careers Strategy be incorporated into the Annual Review of the wider Warwickshire Education Strategy.

The full Cabinet report is available here.

Overview

Warwickshire County Council recognises the importance of careers advice and employability skills, and has invested over a number of years in our Skills for Employment programme to support schools, colleges and employers to work more closely together.  Following the publication of the National Careers Strategy in 2017, we have identified the opportunity to develop a more localised Careers Strategy for Warwickshire, which is focussed on the key opportunities and challenges that exist within the county and which builds on the strong foundations that we have laid with our partners over the past few years.

This is an all-age strategy, focussing on supporting both our adult population who may want or need to change careers during their working life, and our young people as they prepare for the world of work.  We also recognise that this world of work is changing rapidly as technology progresses at an exponential rate.  Indeed, it is estimated that 65% of children entering education now will enter into jobs that currently do not exist.  Given this rate of change, our draft Careers Strategy is also deliberately forward looking and promoting those key transferable skills and competencies that are increasingly being recognised as being foundational for future employment. 

Finally, Warwickshire County Council is also committed to ensuring that we support our whole population to be safe, healthy, and independent and to be able to fulfil their potential.  Through this Careers Strategy, we would like to place a particular focus on supporting our more vulnerable residents (such as those with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) to move into employment.

Why We Are Consulting

A draft Warwickshire Careers Strategy has been developed, working with the Warwickshire Employability and Skills Group. This group brings together a range of partners and stakeholders from education providers, public sector and key intermediary bodies. We are asking for feedback on this draft strategy to help inform a final version of the Careers Strategy 2019/20 - 2024/25. 

We welcome all feedback and comments to help us make sure we get this strategy right for the residents, businesses and key organisations and stakeholders of Warwickshire.  Anyone who is interested can comment on the draft strategy which can be viewed using the link at the bottom of this web page. 

The following supporting documents have also been made available. (Please see documents at the bottom of this web page).

  • Warwickshire Education Strategy 2018-2023
  • National Careers Strategy

How to take part 

  • The main way to feedback is using the online questionnaire below. This questionnaire is anonymous and does not ask for any personal information.
  • If you require a paper copy of the questionnaire or an alternative format please contact us by phone or Email using the contact details provided.
  • If you would like to respond to this consultation in writing you can Email skillsforemployment@warwickshire.gov.uk or send your written response to: Skills for Employment, Economy & Skills Team, Warwickshire County Council, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SX

What will happen after the consultation?

Following the consultation all feedback will be analysed and will inform the final version of the Careers Strategy 2019/20 - 2024/25. This will be considered by Warwickshire County Council Cabinet. If approved the new strategy will be implemented from Autumn 2019.

What Happens Next

This consultation is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to give us their views.

Feedback will be analysed and the strategy will be considered at Cabinet and by Warwickshire County Council.

If approved the new strategy will be implemented from Autumn 2019.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background
  • Black and minority ethnic people
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual people, Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Carers
  • Parents
  • All ages
  • Young people
  • People with disabilities
  • People with long term conditions
  • All Warwickshire residents
  • Teachers
  • Voluntary and third sector organisations
  • Partners
  • Businesses
  • Employees
  • Specialist staff
  • Professionals and professional bodies
  • Elected members

Interests

  • Schools and learning
  • Policies, plans and strategies
  • Business
  • Communities
  • Equality, welfare and rights
  • Economy
  • Young people
  • Transport and economy
  • Education and learning