This review undertaken by Prof. Tony Watts for the Welsh Assembly Government, was part of a wider review of careers services in Wales, UK. Its aim was to review the work of Careers Wales in terms of strengths and challenges, including its links to other career guidance providers, in an international context, using benchmarks provided by the OECD Career Guidance Policy Review and drawing comparisons with other main all-age guidance providers in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland (with some reflections on comparisons with the adult careers services in England).
The report is structured as follows:
- setting the direction (policy context, structure, resources, international context)
- shaping the service (including access, coherence, targeting, and marketing)
- improving performance (assuring quality)
- working with other guidance providers
- summary of strengths and challenges.
The development of lifelong guidance delivery systems and access to such by citizens is a high political priority in Europe. In most countries segmented and dis-associated career guidance services exist; and one approach to overcome such boundaries is to develop a networked and linked approach to the provision of an all-age service. This report is essential reading on one country’s experience of a network linked approach, enhanced with comparisons to other all-age models in other countries.