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Project Archive - Careers, Education and Guidance (including Connexions)
CSET is one of the UK's most active evaluation and training organisations providing support for those involved in careers education and guidance. It has recently been involved with the evaluation of Connexions Pilots and now works with Youth Services and other agencies in addition to schools, colleges and careers companies. The work CSET undertakes in this area can be divided into two:
CSET has an impressive record in evaluating careers education and guidance, and in recent years it has worked with schools, colleges and careers companies in most parts of the UK. Consequently, we have a sound grasp of the main issues in the world of careers education and guidance (and we are gradually building up our experience of Connexions too). CSET can either work as an independent evaluator or provide consultancy to those who wish to undertake their own evaluation but who also require a degree of external support.
CSET has been involved in the evaluation of most of the major recent careers projects, and during the past 12 months we have undertaken several consultancies related to Connexions. Careers education and guidance is experiencing major change at the moment and CSET is supporting the development of a number of new initiatives.
Providing INSET for careers teachers and careers advisers has been an important part of CSET's work for many years. However, we now find that we are being asked to provide training for a wider range of agencies linked to the Connexions initiative. CSET mainly provides training in the field of evaluation, programme development, work-related learning and career management skills. We are often asked to provide 'customised' training for specific purposes.
Examples of Recent Evaluation Projects:
1. An Evaluation of the Oldham Connexions Pilot (2001)
The aim of this study was to review the progress of one of the first Connexions Pilots, produce a set of preliminary conclusions, and provide some pointers for subsequent development. This was a local study linked to the Connexions National Pilot
Funded by Oldham Connexions
2. An Evaluation of Learning Gateway (2001)
This was a study of the Learning Gateway in Cumbria based on an in-depth interview study and questionnaire survey of participants' experiences. The study was built on five different sites in the county to enable countywide conclusions to be drawn.
Funded by Cumbria Careers Service