Gatsby Benchmark 5

Sections

What good looks like 

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes, and should include students’ own part time employment where it exists

  • Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter* with an employer.
  • Every year, alongside their study programme, students in colleges should participate in at least two meaningful encounters with an employer. At least one encounter should be delivered through their curriculum area.
  • Colleges should record and take account of students’ own part time employment and the influence this has had on their development.

*A ‘meaningful encounter’ is one in which the student has the opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace. 

Why this matters

“Links have been demonstrated between young people’s engagement with the world of work through career talks and their GCSE attainment.” Motivated to achieve: How encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement – Education and Employers

“a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 22% more during their career” Motivated to achieve: How encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement – Education and Employers

 

Careers Leaders:

Getting started with BM5

  • Be clear about priority careers knowledge, understanding and application based on student needs and school priorities. Use this to shape and communicate planned intent for all employer encounters.
  • Set clear learning aims and outcomes for all employer encounters by following the Making it Meaningful Checklist
  • Refer to the LLEP Employer Engagement Guide and seek support from your Enterprise Co-ordinator in building long-lasting relationships with local businesses who can support you in the delivery of meaningful employer encounters
  • Use the resource and support featured in the My Learning My Future and My Skills My Future Guides to encourage curriculum staff to use employer encounters which highlight the relevance of subjects and specific learning to engage students and support progress

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 

To include an activity under Benchmark 5, it must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Learning outcomes are defined, based on the age and needs of students
  • The encounter involves two-way interaction between students and employers/employees
  • There is evidence that the student actively participated

Opportunity:

Maximise the value of employer encounters by setting clear learning aims linked to school priorities for all employer encounters

Practical resource and support:

  1. Consider using this template ‘Proposal’ document to make a case to SLT for time, resource, support for careers guidance
  2. Connect with providers who can support you in facilitating bespoke employer encounters to respond to the specific needs of your cohorts and region
  3. Apply the principles of the Making it Meaningful checklist to planning for all employer encounters

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

BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees resources

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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

A- Z of jobs activity SEND

Developed by the Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub team this activity should enable SEND students from with the ability to begin to learn how to research information regarding different job roles of interest to them.

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

AET and Tesco: Careers in English resources

These resources have been created by curriculum subject experts from Academies Enterprise Trust through collaboration with Tesco to engage and support students in learning by placing teaching points in the context of the world of work

  • Careers Leader
  • My Learning My Future
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • STEM
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Worksheets

Activity linked to TV SEND

Developed by the Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub team this resource has been specifically
designed to be used as a discussion activity with SEND students around a TV programme linked to the world of work

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Allied health website and webinar

How do you get into specific roles within the health industry? This website, developed by Allied Health, shows students how to get into the profession.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • SEND

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: 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