Careers Leader

Careers Leaders are responsible and accountable for the planning, delivery and impact measurement of their school, special school or college’s strategic careers plan and progressive careers programme.

It’s a key role that involves aligning careers provision to the strategic priorities of the school, special school or college and overseeing work towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in a meaningful way for young people.

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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Gatsby BM1
Key stages

Working with Enterprise Advisers

World class careers education can’t exist without the input and insight from industry leaders. Volunteer Enterprise Advisers (EAs) are there to do just that, provide ‘real time’ insight to help demystify the world of work and improve your connectivity to employers.   

This resource looks at the ways in which Careers Leaders and EAs can work together to ensure careers education is reflective of the fast-changing labour market.    

Gatsby BM5, 8
Key stages

Stay Nimble

Enhance the careers support you give to students with this online platform –designed to offer valuable career and work performance coaching services.