The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services

The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) is the expert membership organisation for higher education student career development and graduate employment professionals. Through our members, we support the best possible career outcomes from higher education for individuals, institutions, society and the economy.

Social Mobility is a key strategic area for AGCAS, and through our Social Mobility and Widening Participation working party, we support the enhancement of social mobility through the promotion of best practice in the HE sector.

Their Social Mobility Toolkit is an evolving resource bank of information and case studies for AGCAS members to contribute to, review and learn from. They also working closely with employers to develop and enhance recruitment practices and engagement with students from widening participation backgrounds. By learning from each other, AGCAS helps level the playing field and achieve greater equality of opportunity for all HE students and graduates.

https://www.agcas.org.uk/

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The Social Mobility Commission welcomes the White Paper on further education and the importance of vocational skills.

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But we are also calling on #government to commit to extra funding, to ensure #schools and #colleges can plan for the long term. Our commissioner Alastair Da Costa, said:

“We welcome the drive to place #employers at the core of the programme (…) If employers work more closely with local schools and colleges this might also allow more individuals to stay where they grew up rather than moving away to get a better job.

However, extra long-term resources will be key to the success of these schemes. They cannot just be a sticking plaster to address the immediate devastating impact of #COVID on #jobs and #training.”

He also emphasised the need to focus on #students from the most #disadvantaged backgrounds, who receive the least training as adults yet face more barriers.

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