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

Career HELP Advice System

A unique comprehensive on-line careers advice system commencing with a personal profile quiz using graphic images.

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Governor
  • Parent / Carer
  • 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
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Virtual

Careers Vocabulary Booklet

A one stop shop for key terms relating to careers and employability. Supports student’s knowledge and understanding of vocabulary associated with the world of work and can be used to aid letters of application and interviews.

  • Careers Leader
  • Parent / Carer
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Futurum Careers: Online Resource and Magazine

Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at introducing 14-19-year-olds worldwide to the world of work in STEM (science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine) and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). We collaborate with academics all over the world and translate their research into education and careers resources that can be used in the classroom, at home and in STEM and SHAPE clubs.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Parent / Carer
  • 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
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills

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

The Careers Podcast

How do you find a job you’ll love? What will it take to land that dream role? How do you discover what your dream job is?

The Careers Podcast interviews people doing all kinds of different jobs, finding out what they do, what they love about it and how they got to where they are now.  

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Parent / Carer
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • SEND