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Research on lifelong guidance policy and practice in the EU publishedcompass

Lifelong guidance policies and practices are viewed as crucial parts of current EU policy initiatives around validation of learning and the Pillar of Social Rights. The aim of the research, undertaken by Dr Sally-Anne Barnes and colleagues, was to examine lifelong guidance policies and practices and to provide an evidence base for priority-setting, as well as supporting dialogue with stakeholders on lifelong guidance and, more widely, skills strategies.

The final report presents findings from the research identifying 11 key features of lifelong guidance systems in the EU, lifelong guidance actors and innovations in practice. It concludes with some recommendations for the Commission and those in working in the careers field.

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jenny lifetime achievement awardCongratulations to Jenny Bimrose on the Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor Jenny Bimrose was awarded the Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award at the CDI’s ‘UK Career Development Awards’ held on 11 March. The presentation was made by Dave Cordle, the CDI president, on behalf of the CDI’s board of directors.

The award is in recognition of Jenny’s sustained and significant contribution to the careers sector in which she has worked in for over 40 years. Jenny recently retired from IER, but has continued her research in the careers field. The award was sponsored by C&K Careers.

While Jenny was unable to attend the official award ceremony because of self-isolation, she is now holding the CDI Award in her hands.

man and laptopJob quality and job satisfaction among male part-time workers

A new article by Professors Tracy Warren and IER’s Clare Lyonette has just been published on job quality and job satisfaction among UK male part-time workers. The article addresses two sizable gaps in knowledge in the field, which has been dominated by the experiences of female part-time workers: (a) are men's part‐time jobs of lower quality than men's full‐time jobs and (b) are male part‐timers more or less satisfied with their jobs compared to their full‐time peers? For both questions the article examines whether men's part‐time employment varies by occupational class. More details are available here.