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Movements towards Good Career Guidance

Posted by: Nicky Garcea, CCO, Capp


Last week I joined 50 other stakeholders at a workshop exploring the ‘Good Career Guide Environment’ hosted by Capgemini and the Good Careers Guide. This remarkable event was facilitated by leaders from the Accelerated Learning Environment (ASE). Stakeholders included head teachers, teachers, career staff from schools and universities, the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), and industry representatives for apprentices from organisations such as Barclays and National Grid.


Output from this three day event is helping to shape the Good Career Guide’s purpose and mission for all young people. Parts that fascinated me the most were the debates around:

  • How do we define what is a career?
  • What does ‘good’ guidance look like?


Video footage from students also clearly highlighted that many young people don’t know how to discover their strengths and talents beyond their school experience and academic qualifications. Something which at Capp we are dedicated to overcome through the career development and recruitment assessments available to all young people for free on


Coinciding with the Good Career Guide event was the publication of the Good Career Guidance report by Gatsby. This report highlighted that many young people aren’t being made aware of the full range of options available to them. The report commissioned by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, builds on the findings of Ofsted’s September 2013 Review and identifies serious gaps in current career provision.


The Gatsby report sets out eight practical recommendations on how to improve career guidance in England’s secondary schools, they included:


  1. A stable careers programme at every school and college
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each school student
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

It is clear that there is a lot of work ahead of us if we are going to change young people’s experience of career guidance. But I believe there is reason to be optimistic. As the event last week demonstrated there are many multiple stakeholders willing to genuinely collaborate to provide young people with clearer access to employers and career opportunities in the years ahead.


Aside from the movements that are developing to address career guidance provision, we can all play our part. As employers, parents, aunts, uncles and even friends of young people, we all have chance to share our experience of work and start our own career dialogue.


Next week we will share with you the impact apprenticeships are playing in changing the employability of young people in the UK.


For further information on career development, recruitment assessments and the Jobmi employability and recruitment platform for young careers please contact Nicky Garcea at Tel: +44 (0) 02476 323 363


Please note that the Good Careers Guide website is being refreshed at the moment and you can find their site at in the near future



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Nestlé and Capp won the best Apprentice/School Leaver Recruitment Strategy Award at the Recruiter Awards 2014

Posted by: Nicky Garcea, CCO, Capp and Helen Dovey, Senior Psycholgist, Capp



It was an honour to be recognised by the Recruiter this week for Capp’s contribution to the Nestlé School Leaver programme. The evening was hosted by the Recruiter at Grosvenor House in London and was attended by ‘Recruitments’ great and good. We were delighted to be joined at our table by representatives from the Nestlé Academy and Talent team along with clients from Capgemini and Monsoon Accessorise.




In the above image from left to right: Nigel Wright (Nestlé), Tom Banham (Nestlé), Fiona Miller (Nestlé), Nicky Garcea (Capp), Helen Dovey (Capp), Richard Brooke (Nestlé).


We were thrilled that the Recruiter judges were impressed by Capp’s strengths-based assessment methodology.

“An example of a programme that has tangible value. A unique strengths-based assessment methodology sets this entry apart.” said Awards Judge: Tim Campbell MBE, Head of client services at Alexander Mann Solutions.


About the Nestlé Fast Start Programme

Nestlé launched their industry-leading Fast Start programme in 2013, a three year scheme providing school leavers with the opportunity to work in a salaried training role while studying for their degree in Professional Business Practice.


Capp worked in partnership with Nestlé to define the indicators of success and to design an assessment strategy capable of identifying individuals’ potential for success, without relying on candidates’ limited previous work experience.


Results that the programme has delivered back to Nestlé include:


  • 88% of stakeholders thought that the strengths-based approach was the best way to recruit school leavers and a further 88% thought the strengths-based approach differentiated Nestlé from other school leaver programmes.
  • 60% of candidates who applied to Fast Start and 55% of candidates who were successful in reaching Assessment Centre reported that their parents had not completed a university degree.
  • Moreover, 70% of candidates who applied to Fast Start attended a state-run or state funded school and 78% of candidates who were successful in reaching Assessment Centre attended a state-run or state funded school. This illustrates that the strengths-based assessment process is both reaching out to candidates from a more diverse social background and that the assessment process is not disadvantaging these candidates from progressing in the process.


To read more about our Capp’s approach and results, read our award winning case study here.


On behalf of the Capp team we would like to pay thanks to The Nestlé Academy team for being client partners who are happy to innovate; and we would like to congratulate all of the 2014 Recruiter Award Winners.


If you would like to know how Capp can help you to attract, select and develop early career talent then please contact Nicky Garcea at Tel: +44 (0) 02476 323 363



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