The government’s new (2017) careers strategy, has at its heart four themes, the first of which is ensuring a ‘high-quality careers programme’ in all schools and colleges. This is to be achieved via the eight Gatsby benchmarks, each of which relate to an area of school activity, and define excellence in that area:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
The first six benchmarks can, in some way, be achieved by input by employers and businesses. Other parts of the strategy include making employers an integral part of the guidance strategy, ensuring people can benefit from tailored support (i.e. individual careers guidance and mentoring, for example, by an employer) and making the most of Labour Market Information. You can see from above that employers will play a huge part in schools achieving the eight benchmarks and sustaining a world class careers programme.
How can you get involved?
Please do get in touch with Mrs R Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information. A brief overview of what events we have in school and when they are planned to take place can be seen here and our Provider Access Policy Below are some of these activities and experiences that employers could offer:
In the work place
Past pupils – Alumni
To complement our programme of employer engagement encounters, we also invite ex-students back to the Academy to talk about their careers. We would love to build on our links to past pupils. Please do get in touch with Mrs R Hodgkins (email@example.com). As a start please tell us what year you left, your next step after year 11 and what your current job is.