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 BM4, 5
Key stages

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.

Gatsby BM3, 4, 5
Key stages


Use this content-rich website to inform and inspire young people’s career choices – featuring over 1,000 videos of real people talking about their careers.

Gatsby BM3, 5, 6, 7
Key stages

HSBC Resources

HSBC have a number of resources available to support young people when thinking about their career pathways from work experience opportunities to activities to support them in thinking about the different pathways into a career at HSBC. 

Gatsby BM1, 3, 4, 7
Key stages

HE Unboxed

Help students understand the range of opportunities available to them through Higher Education – and inspire them to continue learning at this level.

Gatsby BM1
Key stages

Governor slide deck

Use this presentation to help secondary school and college governors understand their role and responsibilities – and encourage them to engage with our accompanying governor guidance.

Gatsby BM3, 8
Key stages

Globally Responsible Careers in STEM

‘Globally Responsible Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (GRC-STEM) – will help the growing number of job-seekers looking for employment with organisations that prioritise sustainable and ethical concerns.

This online resource asks each individual a series of questions concerning:

  1. Their personal requirements from a career and considering their interests in science and technology;
  2. The type of work they are interested in; and
  3. Their ethical concerns, bearing in mind the global issues that face society.
Gatsby BM3, 5
Key stages

Finding Your Futures

Developed by the National SEND Employment Forum these videos are aimed at introducing learners with special educational needs and disabilities (although they are not exclusive to this group) to an array of jobs and sectors.