Making a careers programme come alive

Benchmarks 4, 5, 6 and 7

A careers programme is all about helping your students become well informed and realistic decision makers for every stage of their studying and working lives. To really bring careers alive for students there is no substitute for inviting providers and employers into school or even better visiting them.

Engagement with employers has been shown to improve student engagement in learning and to reduce the likelihood of young people becoming NEET once they complete their education.

Ensuring that your students have “meaningful” encounters with a full range of post statutory education providers will ensure that your careers programme meets the statutory duty that it should be delivered in a way that is in the best interests of your students.

This engagement can take many forms and supports a range of the Benchmarks. There are many resources and services that are available to you to help with this including the following:-

Higher Education

Take Your Place – NEACO – helping to raise the profile of higher education

University Open Days – internet resources to find out about University open days

Employer Engagement

The Skills Service – introducing students to the world of work

Bringing employers into schools

Work Experience


Amazing Apprenticeships (Ask) – connecting schools with apprenticeship providers and apprentices.