Wales, bounded by land and sea, with a good mix of urban centres and rural aspects, is a part of the United Kingdom, with a population of 3 million people. It has its government and own parliament, the National Assembly of Wales, its own language, Welsh, and many people living in Wales are bi-lingual (English-Welsh).
This 2010 report, published by the Careers Policy Branch of the Welsh Assembly Government, is an externally led review of career services in Wales, comprising a wide range of service providers: schools, further education colleges, higher education, and Careers Wales and its constituent careers companies. People living in Wales are able to access career services through a mix of national telephone helpline, web and face to face services.
The report identifies the need for services to be more clearly defined and the quality of leadership improved. It offers pointers as to how relationships between providers may be improved in the interests of service users by building a more flexible, efficient, coherent and effective system of careers provision. These pointers form a medium term strategy for service development over the next 3 to 5 years.
This report is to be commended especially to viewers interested in how a small size country caters for the career development needs of its population.