CDI Framework

This voluntary framework meets the need in England for a framework of desirable learning outcomes from careers, employability and enterprise education – but it could also be useful to schools and colleges in other parts of the UK. The framework presents end of key stage learning outcome statements for learners across 17 important areas of careers, employability and enterprise education grouped under three headings:

  1. Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education
  2. Learning about careers and the world of work
  3. Developing your career management, employability and enterprise skills


  • Governors
  • Free
  • Benchmark 1
  • Careers Programme
  • Benchmark 3
  • Further education and skills
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND
Top tips
  • Use the framework to support the development of your careers programme across all key stages
  • Increase effectiveness by using it alongside a strategic careers plan
  • Supports a progressive framework and enables Careers Leaders to think about the outcomes they are hoping to achieve for their young people