CASCAID can trace its history back to a project within the Leicestershire County Council Careers Service in 1969, when it began to create a computer database of high-quality occupational information and a means of analysing interests to present career ideas. This was used to support careers guidance professionals in their work with clients.
Today we work throughout the UK and in many countries across the world with our partners to deliver support which help people make informed decisions about their learning, training, work and career goals. Every year we help millions of people worldwide with their career choices.
CASCAID started producing the Moving On magazine which is full of careers guidance information and is distributed to every school in England.2017
New versions of our popular programs created solely for the internet were introduced allowing young people and adults to access the best tools to help with their career planning from anywhere with internet access.2007
Based on requests from schools across the country, we launched a new program designed to help year 9 students with their subject choices.2002
Created exclusively for users of the internet, Careersphere combined all of the features of Careerscape with online access. CareersMatch, our first online career ideas generator followed soon after.2000
Developed by our Danish partners, Paws in Jobland was adapted for the UK by CASCAID as a great introduction to the world of work for primary school pupils.1999
Our first website is launched.1999
To support the both young people and adults looking for information on careers, Careerscape provided easy access a library of information on industries, subjects and careers. Designed to complement Kudos and Adult Directions, it provided a great research resource.1997
In 1996 Loughborough University took ownership. With it's world-class reputation for technological innovation, here at CASCAiD we have been able to utilise this expertise in developing our market-leading products.1996
CD Rom versions of CASCAID's most popular programs were released.1996
A version of Adult Directions, translated into Danish, called Spor was launched in partnership with Studie og Ehrverv a.s.1993
Working in conjunction with Sheffield Adult Guidance and Information Service (SAGIS), CASCAID introduced a new interactive program which adults could use on their own to assist their career choices. It was designed to prepare users for a careers counselling interview with an adviser.1992
A new interactive micro-computer program incorporating the best features of CASCAID and Jobwise was introduced. Designed to enable students to sit at a 'personal computer' and answer questions on screen, career suggestions and information were instantly viewable on screen.1991
Despite its firm focus on using technology to support the work of careers advisers and the young people that they work with, CASCAID recognised that many advisers needed to maintain an easy to access source of information on a large number of careers. Before that days of laptops and tablets we did this via an annually updated reference book.1988
A new version of CASCAID was launched focussing on support for 14-16 year olds who were uncertain of their occupational goals and wanted to expand their horizons.1987
Launched as a Micro-computer program to help students find out how school subjects relate to career choices. Teachers could adapt the information to reflect how subjects were taught in their school.1986
By Summer 1985, a total of 84 local authorities across the country were using CASCAID.1985
Devised for younger users to investigate career ideas and to help gain an understanding and characteristics of jobs, Pre-CASCAID (Pre stood for 'Program Related to Education') was introduced.1984
To support careers advisers working with students in Scotland, an adapted version of the system was launched which created results relevant to students in Scotland.1983
As more careers services and schools took ownership of a computer, CASCAID launched a Micro-Computer version which allowed students to answer the questionnaire and get results without the need for questionnaires to be sent away for processing.1982
With around 50,000 school pupils a year receiving guidance support from CASCAID, the option for local authorities to process their own questionnaires was introduced. the local education authority covering Avon became one of the first to take up this option.1981
As part of a commitment to support careers advisers across the country, CASCAID delivered training to over 1,000 careers professionals, helping to increase their confidence in supporting thousands of young people who use CASCAID to support their career exploration.1981
In partnership with Leicester Polytechnic, CASCAID created a new service to support students in higher education institutions. Starting out in 16 universities, 10 polytechnics and 15 colleges of higher education, in the first 6 months thousands of students had received support to help them plan their progression post-graduation.1980
By February 1979, 33 local authorities were using CASCAID to support the work of careers officers in schools across the country. CASCAID MkIV with a new improved questionnaire was launched.1979
Word about the benefits of the CASCAID system had spread beyond the borders of Leicestershire. Other Local Authority Careers Services were invited to use the system and the CASCAID Unit was established to support this.1978
An adaptation to the CASCAID system to support students of different abilities along with a revised questionnaire was launched to help refine the support that was provided to young people.1975
A working system was rolled out across Leicestershire with Careers Officers within Leicestershire Careers Service using CASCAID with over 7,000 students. Students completed a questionnaire on their interests. This was returned to County Hall. After processing, the student and their adviser received an individual printout detailing careers that they may be suited to along with career information.1969 - 72
CASCAID was conceived in August 1969 when two careers officers working for the LEA began discussing the problems that they faced with the ever increasing complexity of careers information. They saw the computer as an ideal tool for storing, updating and retrieving the plethora of occupational information needed to give good quality advice. They then realised that an additional dimension could be introduced using the computer to compare this with the information given by the student about him/herself to produce a list of careers that could be of interest to the student.
CASCAID (which stood for 'Careers Advisory Service Computer Aid) was born.1969
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