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IER Newsletter May 2023

IER Newsletter - May 2023
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Research Fellow post at IER

The IER is seeking to appoint an outstanding Research Fellow and invites candidates with interests in any of the Institute’s diverse fields of research to apply, in particular candidates with strong quantitative research skills. This is an opportunity for a researcher who wants to make a difference with their research by getting involved in policy-relevant research.
The University of Warwick is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their gender, race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation, or age. IER is committed to providing an inclusive work environment and we are looking for candidates whose values align with this.
More details are available at the University of Warwick websiteLink opens in a new window. Closing date for applications is 20 Jun 2023.

ReWAGE news

ReWAGE has been sharing its expertise in various publications this month – Sally-Anne Barnes writes about the importance of adult careers guidance in FE WeekLink opens in a new window, and a ReWAGE article on skills shortages and upskilling adult workers is featured in the latest edition of the Edge Foundation’s Skills Shortages BulletinLink opens in a new window.

New ReWAGE reports:

We’ve also published a two new Expert Profiles – Damian GrimshawLink opens in a new window, Professor of Employment Studies at King’s College London and ReWAGE’s expert on international comparisons of low-wage labour markets and precarious work; and Mike BrewerLink opens in a new window, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist of the Resolution Foundation.


Career experts' conceptions of systems development in lifelong guidance

This article reports the findings from a phenomenographic study of career experts’ conceptions of systems development in lifelong guidance settings. The results show that conceptions of systems development in lifelong guidance varied from minimal, aspirational, strategic to systemic.

By exploring the logical relationship between qualitatively different conceptions, it provides policymakers and other stakeholders with a way of holistically viewing the varying levels of lifelong guidance systems development. The matrix presented in this article may serve as a catalyst for reflection on crucial elements, such as legislation, leadership and cooperation, that have the potential to improve systems development in lifelong guidance. The article is one outcome of a project Link opens in a new windowcarried out by IER and the University of Jyväskylä’s Finnish Institute for Educational Research for European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion which reviewed lifelong guidance policy and practice in the EU. The study looked at how these policies and practices could be promoted by the Commission providing an evidence base for priority-setting; improved organisational knowledge and supported dialogue with stakeholders on lifelong guidance and, more widely, skills strategies; and identified potential, relevant EU interventions in the area of lifelong guidance.

Kettunen, J., Barnes, SA., Bimrose, J. et al. Career experts' conceptions of systems development in lifelong guidance. Int J Educ Vocat Guidance (2023). Link opens in a new window

Current challenges and opportunities in public services

Dr Katharina SarterLink opens in a new window was part of a panel discussion on public services organised by, and held at the University of York.

The event was part of the launch of the new book 'Understanding Public Services: A Contemporary IntroductionLink opens in a new window', explored current challenges and opportunities relating to public services.

Sarter, E.K. and Cookingham Bailey, E. (eds.) (2023): Understanding Public Services. A Contemporary Introduction. Bristol: Policy Press.


New projects

HORIZON funded Skills2CapabilitiesLink opens in a new window

Find more information on IER's current projectsLink opens in a new window.