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Careers & Enterprise Company: Gatsby Benchmark Toolkits
September 25th 2019

Careers & Enterprise Company: Gatsby Benchmark Toolkits

The Careers & Enterprise Company links schools and colleges to employers and helps them deliver world class careers support for all young people.

All About STEM partners with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, Career Connect, Sefton EBP, St Helens Chamber and Wirral Chamber to deliver the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network across the Liverpool City Region.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

Builds Networks: Linking schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs.

Supports Careers Leaders: Providing training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges.

Backs the Gatsby Benchmarks: Supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding. 

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. They make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme. 

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

A stable careers programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

Learning from career and labour market information
Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

Addressing the needs of each pupil
Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

Encounters with employers and employees
Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

Experiences of workplaces
Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Encounters with further and higher education
All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Personal guidance
Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you, your school or your company could get involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network, get in touch.

Resources: The Careers & Enterprise Company offers FREE Gatsby Benchmark Toolkits for schools, SEND schools & colleges.

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