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Career learning, information, advice and guidance (CLIAG) is important in helping people make realistic choices about their future and to help them put their plans into action. Effective delivery of CLIAG can also contribute to providers’ success. LSIS have looked at some of the evidence that supports this. We have also been working with the sector to explore effective practice in CLIAG. In this section you will be able to download publications and guidance related to CLIAG produced by LSIS and others.

For staff in the sector interested in developing their own careers visit the Career Development Section of the LSIS website or look at Shaping my future, a free modular on line resource available on the Leadership Learning website.

Complex needs, complex choices – The role of Career Learning, Information, Advice and Guidance in the Further Education and Skills sector

This report presents the findings of research undertaken by CFE on behalf of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and National Union of Students (NUS) to develop a more sophisticated understanding of Career Learning, Information, Advice and Guidance (CLIAG) for learners engaged within the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector.

Complex needs, complex choices - The role of Career Learning, Information Advice and Guidance in the Further Education and Skills sector (PDF document)

Career learning for the 21st century: a leadership issue for the sector – sources of evidence

The effective delivery of CLIAG is increasingly being recognised as important in enabling the FE sector to maximise success rates, and address government and sector agendas. This publication explores the evidence from a range of settings that supports this. It also includes discussion of some weaknesses identified through research and some strategies, which have been adopted to address these. Whilst the focus of the study was primarily on the 14 –19 age group, evidence is taken from across the age range, and many of the findings are also applicable to work with older learners. 

Career learning for the 21st century: a leadership issue for the sector – sources of evidence (PDF document, 398KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: a leadership issue for the sector

This publication summarises the evidence that supports the view that the effective delivery of CLIAG can help to maximise success rates, and address government and sector agendas and highlights the issues for leaders in the learning and skills sector.

Career learning for the 21st century: a leadership issue for the sector (PDF document, 311KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: A toolkit to support co-ordination of careers learning for young people in further education

This publication, based on a publication produced by VT Careers for Connexions London, provides a toolkit to support those in the learning and skills sector, especially in colleges, who co-ordinate career learning for young people. Whilst the focus of the pack is primarily on the 14–19 age group, much of the content is also applicable to work with older learners.

Hard copies of this pack are available from LSIS on request.

A toolkit to support co-ordination of careers learning for young people in further education (PDF document, 552KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: recommended resources for the FE sector 

This report covers a wide range of resources useful for those developing and delivering CLIAG for young people and includes recommendations from practitioners in the sector.

Career learning for the 21st century: recommended resources for the FE sector  (PDF document, 387KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: effective practice in the FE sector 

Examples of effective practice from a range of providers in the sector and provides a source of ideas and strategies to inform CLIAG delivery. This report also looks at the importance of evaluating the impact of CLIAG.

Career learning for the 21st century: effective practice in the FE sector  (PDF document, 792KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: Effective practice and partnership working

This guide is one of a series of publications titled Career Learning for the 21st Century, produced by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) from 2009. It is the second to focus on effective practice.

It has been designed to help those working in career learning, information, advice and guidance (CLIAG) across a range of settings. Those who may find this guide useful include staff and managers working in the learning and skills sector – but the approaches taken are also likely to be of interest to those delivering CLIAG in schools, adult and community learning and higher education. The guide includes a number of recent case studies of effective practice in CLIAG, and offer examples of how CLIAG interventions can contribute to the retention, achievement, employability and progression of learners.

Career learning for the 21st century: effective practice in the FE sector  (PDF document, 673KB)

Enhancing employability and career development:

Models and strategies for the further education and skills sector

This resource has been developed for use by leaders and managers across the range of settings in the FE and skills sector. It can be used to review  the career development provision in place to ensure that it is reaching all learners and being delivered as efficiently and effectively as possible. The recent legislative and structural changes are explained and some of the main challenges and opportunities being experienced by the sector are included, to inform the review of strategy and delivery. Leaders and managers are invited to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses within their own provision to inform self‑assessment; quality improvement planning and strategy development, and to develop an action plan to make relevant changes.

Enhancing Employability.pdf (PDF document, 466KB)