March 6, 2020 dmh

In September 2019, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Derby City Council (on behalf of the Derby Opportunity Area Board, Post-16 Advisory Group) commissioned DMH Associates and partners to undertake independent research investigating the status of Careers Advice across Derby. The commissioned work assessed the current level of engagement with young people, parents/carers, headteachers, careers leaders, subject teachers, Derby College, employers and local stakeholders to inform the delivery of a city-wide Careers Strategy 2020-2025.

The report sets out detailed research findings to feed into Championing Careers Derby. It outlines a vision, key principles and seven key features upon which a pan-Derby Careers Offer should be based, and adopted by all. Overall, the content builds upon strategic foundations laid within the government’s National Careers Strategy (December 2017), the Derby Opportunity Area Delivery Plan; the D2N2 Vision 2030, Derby City and Young People’s Plan (2018-2020), and Derby City Council and Derby and NHS Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (DDCCG) plans to improve services in the city for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This mixed method research study, led by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH Associates presents a detailed overview of the dynamics within a city and the opportunities and challenges associated with embedding an impactful approach to high-quality careers support for young people. From this two key questions and some possible solutions emerge:

Q1. How best can city partnerships ensure equity in careers support services for children, young people and families?

Q2. How can partners work together to champion and innovate careers work with children, young people and families to good effect?

Detailed findings are drawn from research undertaken from 1st September – 30th January 2020. The programme of work was undertaken with colleagues from DMH Associates, in partnership with Dan Gray, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, Youth and Careers Team, and the charity Education and Employers.

A copy of the Executive Report is available here: –

Email: ADMN@dmhassociates for more information


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