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

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

16+ Choices

Inform young people and their parents about the options available after GCSE level learning with these visually engaging guides – developed by the Department for Education.

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Higher Education events and visits
  • Key stage 4
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Transition
  • SEND

Career Learning SEND activity

Developed by the team in the Black Country Careers hub this resource uses widgets to raise awareness of different career options for young people with SEND. This resource features in the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • 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
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Transition
  • SEND

Find an Activity Provider tool

This portal lists organisations that have activities that meet Gatsby Benchmark 5 (encounters with employers and employees) and Benchmark 6 (experience of workplaces)

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Costed
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Presentations
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Virtual
  • SEND

My Skills My Future

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.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • My Skills My Future
  • 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 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Primary Career Resources

Early career-related learning can have a lasting impact on pupils' perceptions of different occupations and how these link to learning in school.

  • Careers Leader
  • 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
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Audio
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets

Social Story: Starting College SEND resource

Developed by the team at the Black Country Careers Hub this resource contains a short social story to support young people with SEND during transition. This resource features in the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Transition
  • SEND

T Levels Resource

T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Guidance
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • SEND

YourGamePlan

YourGamePlan is a free online learning platform designed to help young people transition from school to the workplace, and widen their understanding of the career opportunities available to them.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets
  • SEND