Careers Leaders

The Careers Leader needs to be someone who can:

  • Take responsibility for continuous improvement of the strategic careers plan and the progressive careers programme, which should be planned and implemented to ensure positive outcomes for young people
  • Coordinate and manage the various elements of the careers programme informed by a strategic careers plan aligned to school, special school or college priorities
  • Liaise with external partners, such as employers, learning providers and career guidance services
  • Pay careful attention to feedback from all stakeholders and to the destinations of pupils

Developed with you in mind, we’ve made it easy to quickly find the trusted, high quality resources you need to make a difference. We’ve identified, and regularly update, key resources that can directly support you as you plan, implement and measure the impact of your strategic careers plan and progressive careers programme and as you work towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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Getting started guide

So, you want to learn more about getting started as a Careers Leader – well, you’ve come to the right place. While you’ll find that most of the resources on this site have been developed to help you, the following information is specifically designed to support your role in shaping and implementing a career’s programme in your school, special school or college.

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Careers Leader Induction

FREE online learning module

Ideal for those new to role, this module is designed to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of key elements of careers leadership such as:

  • The careers guidance landscape
  • The role and value of a Careers Leader
  • Progression routes at 16 and 18 and how to access LMI
  • Approaches to meaningful application of the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Principles of creating a strategic careers plan
  • Principles of developing a progressive careers programme with clear learning outcomes at each key stage
  • The value and registration process of funded Careers Leader training
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Career Leader Training

All Careers Leaders require Outstanding training. Our training catalogue includes all the information you need to choose the right training for you and your role.

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Gatsby Benchmarks

This renowned framework of eight benchmarks is designed to be linked together to deliver the very best careers provision in schools, special schools and colleges

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Careers Leader resources

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

Ambitious about Autism Toolkits

This resource contains  a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. 

The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.

These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.

 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Blueprint: Virtual experience of the workplace

Created by the London team this resource supports thinking around virtual experiences of the workplace for schools and businesses 

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • SEND

Key Facts About Independent Training Providers - 2021

The Key Stats 2021 publication contains a useful and informative overview of the Independent Training Provider sector and has been provided by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

  • Careers Leader
  • Cornerstone Employer
  • Delivery Provider
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Parent / Carer
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Guidance
  • Research
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

LLEP Employer Engagement Guide

Developed by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership the purpose of this guide is to help your school or college to build long-lasting relationships with local businesses to enhance the interventions your students receive throughout their time at your establishment.

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Linking Careers to the Curriculum: A guide to engaging students and supporting progress by embedding teaching in the context of the world of work

This guide and recording have been written to support colleagues in engaging curriculum teachers and employers in co-creating high quality teaching and learning resources that are embedded in the context of the world of work. The model is based on a pilot project undertaken by the Careers and Enterprise Company in partnership with Academies Enterprise Trust and Cornerstone Employers

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • My Learning My Future
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Videos

MSMF Employer Videos: SONY

This resource contains links to a series of videos to support understanding around SONY as an employer as part of the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Videos
  • SEND

MSMF Employer projects: BAM NUTTAL renewable energy

Developed by Bam Nuttal this is an employer prject which features in the My Skills My Future programme and is around renewable energy.  Targeted at Career SEND Group 2 this activity is suitable for those typically likely to take GCSE or Level 2 equivalent qualifications  

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

MSMF Employer projects: Catcote Academy

This page contains resources for the Employer project section of the My Skills My Future programme designed by the team at Catcote Academy a Special 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • 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
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

MSMF Employer projects: GM Monk Electricians

Developed by the team at GM Monk Electricians this easy to use project is designed to support understanding of a task performed by an Electrician and is part of the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Videos
  • Worksheets
  • SEND