What good looks like
Every student 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 the best use of available information.
- By the age of 14, all pupils should have accessed and used information about all career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options.
- During their study programme all students should access and use information about all career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions about study options.
- Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.
Why this matters
Access to up-to-date career and labour market information is important for social mobility. Information about pathways, opportunities, growth areas and alumni’s successful transitions helps to connect students to a positive future.
Providing detailed information about all pathways, relevant courses, opportunities, labour market understanding and supporting students to make useful networks strengthens students’ capacity to make informed decision and positive transitions.
Getting started with BM2
Ensure all stakeholders understand key LMI and progression pathways nationally and locally so that they are confident with signposting and talking to students & parents/carers about career and labour market information.
Make sure you are compliant with statutory guidance and review your website and resources to ensure you cover all pathways and engage the interests and meet the needs of all students.
All Careers Leaders require Outstanding training
For further support with Benchmark 1 register for our fully funded Careers Leader training
Download our Training Catalogue which includes all the information you need and a helpful comparison guide on the 11 high-quality Training Providers we work with. Here you will be able to choose the right course to suit you and your development, so that you can embed a successful careers programme in your school/college.
Once you have chosen the right course and Training Provider for you, you are all set to register!
Careers in Context: Can Do approaches
It is critical that students are supported, particularly in key transition moments, to understand opportunities and the changing labour market and how this could impact the shape of their current plans. Students and parents/carers should feel confident that they are equipped with the information needed to make informed and positive choices at key transition points
- Ensure students, staff, parents/carers are aware of the new opportunities and challenges of the changing labour market and address assumptions and misconceptions.
- Prioritise working with your LEP through your Enterprise Adviser and/or Enterprise Coordinator to review how and when accurate LMI is shared. You may need to do this more frequently to account for the fast-changing landscape.
- Consider also working with your Careers Adviser to ensure LMI is up to date and is matched to student needs
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Panjango Trumps is the fun way to explore the world of work!
Our unique twist on the classic Top Trumps game pits 50 different careers against each other in a battle of stats.
Introducing the world of Marketing. These lessons cover innovative thinking, creativity, marketing campaigns and promoting yourself as a brand.
Introducing the world of Human Resources. These lessons cover work/life balance, dealing with stress at work and self-reflection, considering which careers options would suit you.
Introducing the world of Recruitment. These lessons cover the skills employers look for, how businesses recruit, entrepreneurship and project planning skills.
An introduction to My Week of Work and the sector options for students to explore: creative digital, engineering, construction, energy and renewables and health and social care. The final session of the day gives an insight into the world of work.
These lessons explore what it means to be an effective leader, how to create an impactful CV and recognise and demonstrate employability skills. The week is completed with some reflection – what could be your next steps and how to prepare for discussions with a careers adviser.
This programme has been collated from resources across our partners and network to support young people with SEND under the 2 groups identified in the SEND toolkit. It contains lessons around employability skill development , employer projects and engagement videos all to support young people in their next steps.
As the UK’s largest manufacturing industry, quarrying and mineral products are essential to our everyday lives. Without them you don’t have buildings, transport, technology, furniture or everyday household items.
This resources helps you to find out about routes into the industry, job roles, what to expect and the opportunity to talk directly to employers about different job roles on offer.
This resource supports Careers Leaders to embed encounters with providers of all routes available to students at key transitions within a progressive careers programme.
The following guiding principles will support an approach to Benchmark 7 and to Provider Access Legislation, whilst being aligned to Benchmarks 1 and 3 including setting aims, planning meaningful delivery and impact evaluation of activity.
To accompany this resource, watch the film to hear from educators, providers and young people about the impact these principles can have in a range of settings.
An editable resource designed to be populated by Careers Leaders to reflect local information, to be given to KS4 students before their 1:1 guidance sessions.
Bring your lessons to life and highlight the specific subjects and skills that are vital for future employment.