Careers services

UNISON is the union for staff working in careers services, in careers companies, schools, colleges and other employers.

We represent thousands of members in jobs across the careers sector, from support staff through to careers advisers, managers and even chief executives.

In England, responsibility for careers services for young people rests with schools and the National Careers Service.

In Scotland, careers Information advice and guidance is provided by staff working for Skills Development Scotland.

In Cymru/Wales, services are provided by staff working for Careers Wales.

Careers services have seen many changes over the years, with budget cuts restructurings and policy changes.

This has caused job losses, cuts to terms and conditions and the undervaluing of professional qualifications.

UNISON wants to see a universal careers service accessible to people of all ages, delivered by qualified careers professionals and with a stable funding system.

Download the careers services leaflet


The Career Development Policy Group

UNISON is a member of the Career Development Policy Group (CDPG), a group of organisations advocating policies and initiatives that support career development.  The CDPG has produced a ‘Career Guidance Guarantee’ detailing what is needed to reform England’s career guidance system.

Read the Career Guidance Guarantee