This section includes publications from the UK Commission, a collection of collaborative outputs and the archive of SSDA publications.
Information, advice and guidance
Applying the Learning from Customer Empowerment Models Operating in Other Industries to the Post-16 Employment and Skills Sector
13 Jul 2010
This report explores a wide range of approaches to increase empowerment among customers for services as diverse as rail travel and the purchasing of white goods this report examines the potential of these processes to be applied to the Post-16 Employment and Skills Sector - as well as referring to cases where this is already taking place.
13 Jul 2010
This publication, commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, improves our understanding of the uses and potential of the internet for providing career development and career support services. The analysis within this review provides a summary of current internet resources as well as suggestions that may help inform future UK Commission recommendations on the topic.
22 Jul 2011
Understanding how and why individuals make career decisions can help improve the delivery of careers guidance. This report explores individuals’ beliefs, values and motivations in making career decisions and proposes areas for further consideration as new approaches to delivering careers guidance are developed.
Developing business. Developing careers. How and why employers are supporting the career development of their employees
25 Jul 2012
A key feature of the most successful businesses is their ability to recruit the right talent and to develop and use their knowledge and skills effectively. This report contains seven case studies that highlight how employers have focussed on the career development of their staff and some of the real business benefits this has brought.
24 Jan 2011
This publication, commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, improves our understanding of the careers support market. The analysis within this review identifies careers support business models and the role of individuals as customers. This is examined alongside the role of technology in changing and shaping the delivery of careers support.
3 Aug 2011
Good career guidance has the potential to raise aspirations and broaden horizons. This report identifies the characteristics of effective career guidance, the role of new technologies in enhancing this and the part that government and national agencies might play in securing greater quality and impact from the public investment in career services.
11 Mar 2011
The UK Commission has been charged with identifying effective methods for improving the provision of careers information, advice and guidance. This publication serves to introduce and analyse some of the key topics relating to the role and potential of technology in this task.
Labour Market Information (LMI), Information Communications and Technologies (ICT) and Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)
5 Jul 2010
This publication has been commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. It analyses the interaction, roles and potential of three topics: the use and availability of Labour Market Information; the type and extent of ICT usage in relation to careers choices; and the availability, quality and usage of careers Information, Advice and Guidance. This is research that will help inform future UK commission recommendations on these topics.
12 Jul 2010
This report was funded by the UK Commission as part of a programme of activity to inform the development of the proposals in ‘Ambition 2020: skills, jobs growth’. Drawing upon international comparisons and research in the UK this report explores the challenges and potential of Personal Learning Accounts.
8 Jan 2013
This report identifies considerable potential for career guidance to play an important role in connecting job seekers and employers and in supporting sustainable employability. The report is based on evidence including a literature review, a call for evidence, and a series of case studies. A companion publication has also been produced entitled ‘Developing Business, Developing Careers’, which presents these findings for an employer audience
11 Aug 2011
This study, undertaken by the Warwick Institute of Employment Research, explores the concept of career adaptability and improves our understanding of the wide range of goals, aspirations, achievements and identities that shape the way that individuals interact with and move through the labour market. The research considers the potential advantages of career adaptability: for improving public policy in areas such as the quality and effectiveness of career support services; and for encouraging greater autonomy and control by individuals of their careers.
24 Jan 2011
This publication, commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, improves our understanding of Labour Market Information (LMI) and its role in careers information, advice and guidance provision. The analysis within this review examines business models for the provision of LMI, types of LMI that can be made use of and the range of ways in which LMI can be utilised.
14 Dec 2011
This briefing paper presents the First Findings from the first ever UK-wide employer skills survey. Over 87,500 employers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland were interviewed as part of the project.
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