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

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: 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: Teacher guide to accompany Interactive Student Apprenticeship Guide

Amazing Apprenticeships has created a teacher guide to accompany their Interactive Student Apprenticeship Guide. This guide has been designed for use by form tutors, teachers and careers professionals who are supporting students in years 12 and 13, to research and apply for apprenticeships. You do not need to have any prior knowledge about apprenticeships.

  • 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

BBC Bitesize – Careers

This well-known resource can be used to help contextualise the world of work alongside curriculum study – and support young people in making informed decisions.

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

Discover Creative Careers

Funded by DCMS and led by industry, the Discover Creative Careers website is an online portal packed with information, resources, events to help young people explore roles in the creative industries, starting with an interactive careers finder tool connecting to more than 520 job profiles and an opportunity directory of events, resources, skills competitions, virtual work experience and more

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • 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
  • Lesson plans
  • Videos
  • Virtual

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

FutureGoals Spotlight resource

Students will work in small teams to complete a wide range of tasks in order to stage the biggest and best festival ever! Working alongside leading practitioners, a series of free resources, lesson plans, films and activities have been created to bust the myths surrounding careers in the creative sector and provide a wider understanding of the less traditional, yet in-demand, roles.

  • 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
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Employer engagement
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

IGD Educator Hub

Our free lesson plans, activities and videos will develop students’ employability skills to help them prepare for the world of work and increase students’ awareness of the variety of roles within the food and grocery industry.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • STEM
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets

IGD Work Experience week

If you are interested in helping your students learn about the food and grocery industry, we would recommend IGD Feeding Britains Futures. It is a free initiative that brings the industry together to develop students’ employability skills and learn about the wide range of roles in the industry.  

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Virtual

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