New Policy Position Paper on Adult Careers Guidance

22nd June 2011

NIACE and NAEGA launched a joint-policy position paper at their conference held in London on 21 June, exploring how career guidance policy and practice can meet the needs of all adults throughout their lives in a changing and challenging economic and social climate.


The vital role of career guidance to help adults to make informed choices for their learning, work and wider lives has long been recognised, and has attracted growing attention from policy makers in recent years. In times of rapid change and uncertainty, the need for effective career guidance to support individual decision making and progression for adults becomes greater still.


This paper explores how career guidance policy and practice can meet the needs of all adults throughout their lives in a changing and challenging economic and social climate. It is intended to stimulate debate within the sector and to generate evidence to support NIACE and NAEGA in the development of the policy and advocacy work.


NIACE’s central concern is that the wider reform context, the unpredictability of the economy, the needs of individual adults and front-line adult career guidance practitioners are all effectively balanced alongside government policy priorities in the development of the new all-age service for both young people and adults, which is due to start in 2012.