‘Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’

The new policy, published in December 2017 details Governments’ plans to ensure the provision of high quality career guidance across schools and colleges, coming into full effect by 2020 with four main aims:

  • All young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, and to learn from employers about the work and skills that are valued in the workplace
  • All young people in secondary schools and colleges to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience
  • Everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances. All adults should be able to access free face-to-face advice, with more bespoke support for those who most need it
  • Everyone to get the information they need to understand the job and careers opportunities available to them

The strategy requires every school to have a Careers lead who will help to develop a robust careers programme mapped to the eight Gatsby benchmarks (Gold Standard), with learners accessing quality information, advice and guidance as well as meaningful interactions with employers to help them make informed decisions about their future.

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) will play a pivotal role in helping to support and implement the strategy, with £5 Million funding to set up 20 ‘Career Hubs’ as well £4 million to include bursaries and training for the new careers leads.

A further £2 Million will be invested into trials of careers activity and pilot programmes in Primary Schools, recognising the need to start engaging with careers at a much younger level.

Current schedule for 2018:

Jan –  March

  • Schools have to allow providers of technical education and apprenticeships access to pupils
  • Revised statutory guidance for schools published in January
  • Revised guidance for colleges published in February
  • The Careers & Enterprise Company publish implementation plan and a
  • guide for schools on the role of the careers leader (with Gatsby)

April – June

  • The Careers & Enterprise Company invite bids for careers hubs and training for careers leaders and publish prospectus for investment fund
  • National Careers Service website live (first phase)

July – Dec’

  • Hub areas announced and training providers for careers leader training appointed
  • Schools publish details of their careers programme on their website
  • New investment fund activity to support disadvantaged young people get more employer encounters and personal guidance
  • National Careers Service new area-based contracts in place