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Career guidance in Scotland: retrospect and prospect

Howieson, Cathy and Semple, Sheila (2006) Career guidance in Scotland: retrospect and prospect. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 34 (1). pp. 31-53. ISSN 0306-9885

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Abstract

Devolution of powers to Scotland has accentuated pre-existing divergence from the rest of the UK with respect to education, training and career guidance provision. Scotland now has an allage national careers service*/Careers Scotland. It is suggested that it is unlikely that a national, publicly-funded careers agency would have been established in the absence of devolution. The article outlines the development of career guidance in Scotland over the last 25 years and how the pre-existing Scottish context and the new context of devolution have impacted upon it. The role of Careers Scotland and its relationship with other providers of career guidance in Scotland are examined. Other key issues considered include: the allocation of resources based on need; relationships with local authorities and schools; and training and professional identities in an increasingly diverse UK guidance context.