Find out more about the pilot programme that inspired the Career Review model.

At the Learning and Work Institute, we’ve always been committed to engaging learning and supporting people through life transitions. We know the difference that high quality careers information and advice can make to a person’s employability and life chances.

So we were delighted when the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills asked us (or the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education as we were then) to develop and pilot a programme to offer career and life reviews for people aged between 45 and 64.

From January 2013 to March 2015 we worked with 17 partner agencies across England to provide reviews to 3,000 people.

Our pilot tested several different Career Review models, from face-to-face individual and group reviews, to phone and online reviews, covering topics such as employment, training, caring and health.

Our findings

More than 8 in 10 people who took part in a Career Review felt their self-confidence and belief in their skills and experience were boosted.

We also found that Career Reviews helped people to:

  • start searching for work and attending job interviews
  • return to work after unemployment
  • start volunteering
  • better understand the opportunities available to them at work
  • find training to enhance their skill sets and increase their employability
  • make realistic decisions about extending their working lives
  • change career
  • improve their health and wellbeing
  • increase their salary
  • gain a promotion
  • make plans about how and when to retire
  • enter phased retirement
  • retire fully

Support and resources

Delve deeper into our Career Review pilot programme, our findings and recommendations in our resources library.

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1 in 3 took action as a direct result of their review

1 in 5 found work after being unemployed

1 in 3 felt motivated to find work, change career, or take up learning