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: Resource Catalogue 2020/21

Amazing Apprenticeships has created this catalogue for teachers and careers staff, to guide them through Amazing Apprenticeships’ range of informative and inspirational resources on apprenticeships, traineeships, T Levels and other vocational pathways.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: T Levels Teacher Guide

The Department for Education T Levels team has created a helpful T Level Guide for Teachers and Careers Advisers, giving a comprehensive oversight of this exciting qualification

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: Teacher training Webinar (series)

Amazing Apprenticeships, has created a schedule of live webinars and a back catalogue of on-demand recordings aimed at teacher and career advisers

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • 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
  • Training

Amazing Apprenticeships: Understanding Apprenticeships (film)

A short film created by Amazing Apprenticeships to showcase a range of apprenticeships and apprentices.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • 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
  • Videos

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

CDI quality assurance of career development interventions

This framework will help career development professionals to quality assure their career development interventions and determine any areas that may require development.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Group careers guidance
  • One-to-one careers guidance
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template

CEIAG example policy

Personalise your own CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) policy with this helpful template designed by the Bridge, Greater Manchester.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Transitions in Focus: A guide to support vision impaired children and young people

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has a range of resources useful for careers leaders and practitioners working with blind and partially sighted students in mainstream secondary schools and colleges.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Guidance
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers: published July 2021

In this resource you can find the link to the newly published Statutory Guidance released July 2021 and the CEC at a glance guide to the guidance for schools and college leaders.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Careers in Context 2020: Can Do Guide for Career Leaders

This guide will give Careers Leaders the confidence to make decisions about what constitutes good careers guidance in the context of Covid-19.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Careers In Context
  • 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
  • Guidance