Our services aligned to the Careers Strategy, statutory guidance and the Gatsby benchmarks

School students The Government announced the Careers Strategy detailing plans to ensure access to excellent, impartial careers provision. Find out how we can help your school meet the requirements of the strategy, the statutory guidance and the Gatsby benchmarks. 

A stable careers programme - Gatsby benchmark 1.

"We strongly recommend that all schools work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS)… to support the development of their careers programme" - statutory guidance

The careers strategy endorses the need for all schools to have a careers leader to deliver its careers programme and requires them to be named by September 2018 

As a licensed awarding body for QiCS, we will support you through the QiCS assessment process ensuring your careers programme meets the 8 Gatsby benchmarks. We can also support your career leaders through the accredited career leadership training package.

Learning from career and labour market information - Gatsby benchmark 2.

“Schools should make sure that, by the age of 14, all pupils have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their decisions… Schools should explain the value of finding out about the labour market and support young people and their parents/carers to access and understand this information” - statutory guidance

We provide labour market information (LMI) in printed and electronic formats including access to LMI on our website. Our ‘Directions’ booklet helps students in Year 8/9 with their option choices and a complementary booklet, ‘Getting Started’ explains choices to parents and carers.

Addressing the needs of each pupil - Gatsby benchmark 3.

Personal guidance - Gatsby benchmark 8.

“…every pupil should have at least one personal guidance interview with a qualified careers adviser by the age of 16… and a further interview by the age of 18…” - statutory guidance

C&K Careers is matrix approved and employs fully qualified level 6 careers advisers who deliver independent and impartial careers guidance in over 50 schools and colleges. Our services are tailored to meet the needs of your school.

Linking curriculum learning to careers - Gatsby benchmark 4.

"Subject teachers should also support the school’s approach to careers education and guidance. The curriculum offers excellent opportunities for developing the knowledge and skills that employers need and subject teachers can be powerful role models to attract pupils towards their subject and the careers that flow from it" - statutory guidance

We design interactive careers programmes that connect all subjects to the world of work making students' learning meaningful and linked to their futures.

Encounters with employers and employees - Gatsby benchmark 5.

Experiences of workplaces - Gatsby benchmark 6.

“Pupils should have first-hand experience of the work place… and ensure that by the age of 16 every pupil has at least one experience of a workplace” - statutory guidance

“Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer” - statutory guidance

We will coordinate work experience placements for your school or college. With our extensive employer connections and knowledge of the labour market we have organised work experience placements for around 3,000 KS4/KS5 students this year.

We can look at exciting opportunities to work with employers to inspire young people and connect them to the world of work.

We can also support you with:  

  • the organisation of jobs fairs and events
  • employer visits and presentations
  • matching young people to vacancies
  • CV preparation and job search skills
  • mock interviews
  • interview skills.

Encounters with further and higher education - Gatsby benchmark 7.

"Schools should encourage young people to consider what career options different educational choices open up and close down. Under raising the participation age (RPA) requirements, all young people in England are required to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. Schools must ensure that young people are clear about this requirement and what it means for them" statutory guidance 

The Baker Clause

Schools and academies must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in Years 8-13 about approved technical and apprenticeship qualifications.

Our team of experienced careers advisers will guide your students through arranging job fairs, and applying to FE, HE and apprenticeship options.

Statutory guidance 

In addition, the Careers Strategy has additional recommendations which we can assist with. 

“Schools should ensure that careers guidance for pupils with SEND is differentiated… and should take account of the full range of relevant education, training and employment opportunities… (and) should be well informed.”

“…where pupils have EHC plans, their annual reviews must, from Year 9 at the latest, include a focus on adulthood, including employment.” 

Our SEND specialists support students with an EHC plan by adding their voice into the plan as well as specific careers summaries. 

From Year 9 we promote the Preparation for Adulthood agenda, focusing on encouraging young people to learn independent travel skills to maximise post 16 options.

“Schools should assess their success in supporting their pupils to take up education or training… through the use of destination data.”

We will analyse and present data to support you with Ofsted inspections and help you evaluate your careers programmes. Our reports show the progression of your leavers.

For a free assessment of your careers provision or further information:

Contact: Louise, Education Team Manager
Call: 01484 225500
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