Exeter Express and Echo   Friday, August 17, 2012

Tony kicks off his new careers advice service

A FORMER chairman of Exeter City Football Club Supporters’ Trust is making it his mission to help people, young and old, fulfil their employment goals.

Tony Badcott, whose involvement with the Grecians began almost 30 years ago when he was the groundsman at St James Park, was back at the club to launch his own careers advisory service.

Careers Plus offers independent guidance on everything from landing your dream job to returning to work after redundancy.

And as a lifelong supporter of Exeter City, Tony is delighted that the Grecians have become one of the first organisations to engage his services – he has been recruited by the club’s Centre of Excellence to provide all its youngsters with bespoke careers advice and guidance.

While free careers advice is available from other sources, Tony believes demand for bespoke guidance, and the type of support he offers, will increase given the state of the economy and, in particular, the threat to public sector jobs in the Exeter area.

He meets clients in their own homes to discuss their circumstances and aspirations, then produces a comprehensive report detailing their options and how best to proceed.

“I’m intent on making Careers Plus the market leader in independent careers guidance across Exeter, East and Mid Devon,” said Tony, who is a member of the Institute of Career Guidance and has many years’ experience in the sphere having worked for Connexions, the government-backed information, advice and guidance service for young people. “I appreciate that services such as NextStep are freely available to some people and that, in the main, they do a good job. However, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ government service can’t meet the needs of everyone. I offer a service that is bespoke, personalised and focussed on the individual, and a growing number of people want that level of support.”

He added: “Anyone who uses Careers Plus will be making an investment in their future and I’ll go the extra mile to ensure that it reaps dividends. That could cost as little as £45 and will pale into insignificance should someone go on to land the job of their dreams and the lifestyle they always wanted.”

Besides offering careers advice to adults, Tony also advises young people – and their parents – to help them make informed choices about their futures. This might involve looking at further and/or higher education options as well as university choices and, like the adult service, culminates in the production of an in-depth report examining the most pertinent options.

Tony said he was thrilled to have received backing for his new venture from Making it Local, a grants scheme funded by the EU, Defra and Leader, and committed to bringing long-lasting prosperity and economic benefit to the Blackdown Hills and East Devon area in which it is based. More information can be found at


Careers Plus and Health and Safety

Tony Badcott has been awarded the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (July 2012). Tony completed this year long qualification through East Riding College.