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:
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.
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.
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.
of Recent Evaluation Projects
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
by Oldham Connexions
An Evaluation of Learning Gateway (2001)
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.
by Cumbria Careers Service
3. An Evaluation of "12 Conversations" (2001)
Conversations" is a new resource that has been developed by Prospects
Services to help those new to Connexions and who have only limited experience
of careers issues. CSET undertook a questionnaire survey of a range of
services, agencies, projects and voluntary bodies in the Black Country
and London areas and produced a report outlining the value of "12
Conversations" and how it might be developed in a range of formats.
by Prospects Services
Curriculum Development Skills (2000)
was a project undertaken to help careers advisers understand the processes
by which the curriculum is developed. It drew on theoretical models and
a range of case studies and simulations undertaken by CSET. The project
produced a curriculum development 'toolkit' enabling careers advisers
to make strategic interventions in the curricula of the schools in which
by a Consortium of Careers Companies
5. An Evaluation of the Work-Related Learning Project on Tyneside (1999)
study of students and teachers who participated in a project where students
spent some of their time at KS4 learning at college or with training providers.
by Tyneside TEC