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The Blueprint for Careers

We all increasingly need to become more ‘career literate’, create opportunities for ourselves and navigate a number of transitions through learning and work throughout our lives.

The Learning and Learner Support team at LSIS have been considering how learners can be helped to improve their competence in career management. This has included trialling the ‘Career Blueprint’ and creating a version for use in England.

The Blueprint framework was produced by the National Life/Work centre in Canada updated from a set of guidelines, originally developed in the USA.  It is based on a set of 11 career competencies with indicators describing outcomes. Another version has now been produced by the Australians, and has been trialled there.

In this section you can find out more about the Careers Blueprint and our trials and also download the reports we have produced including a brief guide to the version of the Blueprint that LSIS has developed for the English context.

New: A guide to the Blueprint for Careers and its implementation

This guide explains what the Blueprint for Careers is and how it might be used by learning and skills providers to support the career development of their learners. The Blueprint sets out a comprehensive approach to career learning for individuals and offers a flexible curriculum or framework that you can use with all of your learners. The guide provides detailed learning outcomes, activities and case studies as well as ideas about how different kinds of organisation can use the Blueprint. If the Blueprint for Careers is to have a national impact on the life, learning and work of the nation it requires learning providers to engage with it and to use it to inform and develop their delivery. This guide offers providers the tools to deliver on this ambition.

A Guide to the Blueprint for Careers and its Implementation (PDF document, 767KB)

The Blueprint for Careers - a new version for the English context

Following the trials of the Blueprint, LSIS has worked with staff from the sector to develop a version for the English context. You can download a mini guide here and a more detailed implementation guide will be avilable in early 2012.

The Blueprint for Careers - Brief Guide (PDF document, 321KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: The career blueprint – a competence approach

In 2009, whilst researching and identifying examples of effective practice in the delivery of CLIAG, LSIS identified the Careers Blueprint as worthy of further investigation. This competence approach to career learning developed in Canada and Australia had been on the horizon for a while and many professionals in CLIAG had taken an interest in it. This publication looks provides an overview, we hope that you will find this approach useful when reviewing and developing what you do and how you deliver CLIAG in your organisation. You may wish to consider whether the approaches you use are effective in helping young people develop the competences they need to enable them to effectively plan, manage and develop their careers throughout their lives.

Career learning for the 21st century: The career blueprint – a competence approach (PDF document, 341KB) 

Career learning for the 21st century: Careers blueprint supporting an all-age guidance strategy

Following our initial consideration of the Careers Blueprint LSIS explored how it could support an all age guidance strategy in England. This publication reports on the work undertaken in 2009/10 to extend understanding of how the Careers Blueprint might work in the English context. The report documents the results of a small number of discrete trials in a number of different settings

Career learning for the 21st century: Careers blueprint supporting an all-age guidance strategy (PDF document, 519KB)

Career learning for the 21st century: Mapping the Blueprint against other frameworks

This publication identifies the links between a competence approach to career learning based on the Blueprint framework and existing CLIAG frameworks and standards being used in England. If you are using the Blueprint to introduce new approaches to CLIAG, we hope that you will find this publication useful to identify ways in which using the Blueprint will help you meet quality frameworks and standards.

Mapping the Blueprint (PDF document, 609KB) 

The Blueprint for Careers - evidence of impact

In 2010/11 LSIS trialled the Blueprint for Careers in the learning and skills sector. This report summarises the findings of the trials and outlines how providers have used the Blueprint to support the career development of their learners. The trial was very positive and following the trial we have gone on to develop a version of the Blueprint for the English context. Please get in touch if you want to discuss how you might use the Blueprint for Careers in your organisation.

The Blueprint for Careers - evidence of impact (PDF document, 304KB)

The Blueprint for Careers - guides for users

Many providers are now using the Blueprint for Careers to support learners career development. We have now produced a guide for learners and other users to help them get started with using the Blueprint themselves. We have also produced a brief guide for learners and a stand-alone questionnaire.