Gatsby Benchmark 2

Sections

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.

Careers Leaders:

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

Training 

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!

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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

Opportunity:

  • Ensure students, staff, parents/carers are aware of the new opportunities and challenges of the changing labour market and address assumptions and misconceptions.

How:

  • 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

Education Leaders and Governors:

Education Leaders and Governors: For further information on each Benchmark, to support you in your role, please see the Education Leader, Secondary and College Governor Guides

It is not enough for young people to develop career ambitions, they must also have access to sufficient information and support to broaden ambitions and to inform self-awareness of what it takes to achieve their aspirations and enable progression towards career goals.

Anthony Mann, Vanessa Denis, Chris Percy

Career Ready? How schools can better prepare young people for working life in the era of COVID9 December 2020

BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information resources

101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities for Schools Guide

The 101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities for Schools Guide is designed to be used by schools and other educational establishments supporting students in years 10 – 13, teachers and parents

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Transition

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Men at Work Case Studies

Amazing Apprenticeships have created a brand-new teaching resource for schools, ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Men at Work’ to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday 19th November 2020.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Men at Work flashcards

Amazing Apprenticeships have created a brand-new teaching resource for schools, ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Men at Work’ to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday 19th November 2020.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Women at Work Case Study Booklet

Amazing Apprenticeships created ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work’ as a teaching resource for schools to mark International Women’s Day 2019 (Sunday 8th March). The 26 flashcards feature inspirational female apprentices and their employers in a wide variety of industries and is accompanied by a detailed case study booklet highlighting their apprenticeship story

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Women at Work Flashcards

Amazing Apprenticeships created ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work’ as a teaching resource for schools to mark International Women’s Day 2019 (Sunday 8th March).

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: ASK offer brochure 2020/21

The ASK programme (Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges) continues to offer every educational establishment in England with students in years 10 – 13 access to a free, bespoke support package to transform apprenticeship and vocational education awareness activities so that students, parents and carers, teachers and careers advisers, and governors can be informed about the wonderful opportunities available.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship Guidance benchmark tool

Amazing Apprenticeships has created this tool to help schools and other educational establishments to work through a series of questions to assess where they are in their planning and provision of apprenticeship information

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: Guess the Employer (Quiz)

Amazing Apprenticeships has created a quiz to challenge the individual’s knowledge of apprenticeship employers. The quiz helps individuals to find out more about apprenticeship schemes from some of the country’s top apprenticeship employers, providing more insight and encouraging self-research

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Virtual

Amazing Apprenticeships: Interactive Student Apprenticeship Guide

The Amazing Apprenticeships Student Apprenticeship Guide includes 10 hours of self-directed learning activities, perfect for distance learning or classroom-based development. Designed for students in years 12 and 13, it will equip them with essential information about apprenticeships and guide them through how to research and apply for opportunities.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Virtual

Amazing Apprenticeships: Key Stage 3 resources

Amazing Apprenticeships has created a bundle of support resources for Key Stage 3 students, which includes a guide to using the resources, a year group introduction presentation and individual apprenticeship packs for both students and teachers for years 7, 8 and 9.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Virtual

Amazing Apprenticeships: New recruitment methods (film)

A short film created by Amazing Apprenticeships in partnership with the Cabinet Office, highlighting the range of different techniques being used by employers to shortlist potential apprentices

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Videos

Amazing Apprenticeships: Parent and Carer packs

Amazing Apprenticeships create the monthly Parents & Carers Pack, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Parents & Carers can access current and past editions, filled with the latest advice and guidance, ‘a day in the life of an apprentice’ features, employer spotlights, forthcoming vacancies and much more.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets