Have your say and help shape the future delivery of careers guidance

Date published: 09 December 2021

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons has encouraged everyone to have their say on the future delivery of careers guidance provided by the Department for the Economy.

Pictured left to right are Zara Thorpe, Head Girl at Dalriada School, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons, and Tom Skelton, Principal Dalriada School.

The Minister was speaking after he launched an independent research review of careers guidance, to be carried out by world-renowned expert in careers and skills Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE. The review aims to examine current provision, international best practice and investigate innovative approaches to improve the delivery of careers guidance to young people and adults  

Speaking on a visit to Dalriada School, his former school, the Minister said:

“The economy and world of work are changing at a rapid pace and it is crucial we take bold steps to ensure people of all ages have access to the support they need to make informed career decisions. My ambition is that Northern Ireland has a skilled workforce that underpins my Department’s 10x vision for our economy – a workforce that has access to the education and training pathways that allow individuals to reach their potential, tackling social and educational inequalities.

“Sound careers guidance can help people understand the knowledge and skills needed to drive innovation, adapt to new ways of working, and improve productivity throughout our economy.

“Over the last 18 months many changes have taken place within the Department’s Careers Service including an increase in the delivery of careers guidance to those affected by Covid, whether through redundancy or changing career.

“We want to ensure everyone can access careers guidance in a way that best suits their needs, meaning how it is delivered is vital, and this is why we want to hear your views. Whether you are an employer, an adult in or out of work, a young person in education or training, someone with a disability or additional needs, or a teacher or parent/carer, it is important that we hear from you so you can help us shape the future of careers guidance delivery in Northern Ireland.

“I would encourage you to visit nidirect and take the survey to ensure we can help everyone to make the career decisions that are right for them.  This in turn will provide the skills and expertise to grow the future economy of Northern Ireland.”

To take part in the survey visit the nidirect website

Notes to editors: 

1. Photograph caption: Pictured left to right are Zara Thorpe, Head Girl at Dalriada School, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons, and Tom Skelton, Principal Dalriada School.

2. The Department for the Economy provides access to careers guidance for all and has a statutory duty to provide this on an impartial basis and in the best interests of the person receiving the guidance.

3. The independent review into careers provision within the Department will be undertaken by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, a world-renowned expert in careers and skills.

4. Dr Hughes is a policy adviser, academic researcher/writer, trainer and freelance consultant specialising in the impact of careers, employment and skills policies to support the development of jobs and growth. Dr. Hughes has carried out research reviews across the world and recently in Wales for the Welsh Government and for Skills Development Scotland. 

5. The research will be a short, focused piece of work, with the final report and recommendations scheduled for late February 2022. The project Terms of Reference can be found on the Department's website

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8. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110

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