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What is this policy group?

The Career Development Policy Group brings together a range of organisations who believe that it is essential that citizens have an opportunity to access support in their careers. The group works with the Government and other stakeholders to develop policies and initiatives that support career development.


Careers Guidance Guarantee

The CDPG were delighted to launch the Career Guidance Guarantee on Wednesday 20th October at a virtual event attended by over 400 colleagues from across the careers profession. You can view the Career Guidance Guarantee and read the press release from the launch.

Update: We now have over 350 signatories. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support for the Guarantee.

Watch the recording from the Launch here: 


The launch was the first part of the CDPG’s work to promote the key messages of the Career Guidance Guarantee and press for enhanced career guidance across the education and employment systems. As part of that, we are calling for support from across the sector.

Find out how you can add your voice as a signatory to the Guarantee.


Briefing Papers, Reports, & Resources

'Great Debate: Careers Education And Guidance In The Time Of Covid' Briefing Note - Hosted on Tuesday 2 March 2021, this first public meeting aimed to launch the debate on the government’s early-2021 white paper on careers provision, and was attended by the Career Development Policy Group, chaired by Chaired by Professor Tristram Hooley and previous CDI Chief Exeuctive Jan Ellis, and featured a panel of dignitaries, including;

  • Toby Perkins, Labour MP for Chesterfield and Shadow Minister (Education)
  • Lord Shipley, OBE, Liberal Democrat, Chair of the Youth Unemployment Select Committee
  • Lord Lucas, Conservative Excepted Hereditary peer 

Briefing Paper - The Skills for Jobs White Paper Implications for career development (Jan 2021) - The Department for Education published Skills for jobs: Lifelong learning for opportunity and growth on Thursday 21st January 2021. The white paper is wide-ranging and includes a discussion of compulsory and post-compulsory education and lifelong learning. There are also several specific proposals that relate to the organisation of England’s careers education and guidance system.

An emergency career development plan to maintain employment, productivity and progression post-Covid-19 (June 2020) - In this paper, the CDPG argue that the Government needed to respond to the Covid-19 crisis by following this outline of key short-, medium-, and long-term actions.

What did the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announce in the Summer Economic Update in Parliament in July 2020?

Career guidance and the Plan for Jobs: Ensuring impact (July 2020) - This document was produced by the Career Development Policy Group, outlining why the Government urgently needs to review the National Careers Service funding arrangements for the £32 million to have the maximum impact. 

Open Letter to Gillian Keegan - Minister for Apprenticeship & Skills (Oct 2020) - Open Letter to Gillian Keegan (Minister for Apprenticeship and Skills within the Department for Education) so that all adults can get access to the National Careers Service, a Career Guidance Guarantee.

Letter reply from Gillian Keegan - A formal response to the Open Letter outlining what the government’s policy is on the area. However, it misses a lot of the problems that I have been trying to highlight along with colleagues in the Career Development Policy Group and the wider careers and education sectors.

Open Letter to Gavin Williamson calling for a Career Guidance Guarantee (June 2020) - The Career Development Policy Group and the Fair Education Alliance have written an open letter to the Secretary of State calling for the Department for Education to introduce a Career Guidance Guarantee for young people and unemployed adults.