This week see’s the launch of National Careers Week across the UK. Celebrating careers guidance and resources in education with the aim to support students and young people leaving education, schools and businesses across the UK are getting involved running bespoke sessions and events for young people.
We are as a team supporting the week by running several school sessions to inspire students and give them the tools and confidence in getting work and career ready.
Students from several schools will be getting the chance to engage with employers such as BGL, NHS, Kier, Network Rail, Bauer Media, Skanska, AIM Group, Wyboston Lakes and more through sessions that include CV writing workshops, Mock interviews where the students will undergo a confidence building interview with an employer that mimics a real world interview and also Meet the Professional sessions where they can discover in detail more about different industries and career paths from the businesses themselves.
The Gatsby Benchmarks
Throughout NCW 2020 The Gatsby Benchmarks will be be met and achieved by schools across the nation.
The eight benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed by the Gatsby Foundation and Sir John Holman in 2013 to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance. Covering the following areas:-
-A stable careers programme
-Learning from career and labour market information
-Addressing the needs of each pupil
-Linking curriculum learning to careers
-Encounters with employers and employees
-Experiences of workplaces
-Encounters with further and higher education
The Benchmarks have now been adopted by almost all agencies and organisations involved with careers guidance and form the core of the government’s career strategy and their Statutory Guidance to schools and colleges.
Two of the key benchmarks relate to providing students with encounters with the world of work through experiences of the workplace and bringing employers into schools (which NCW 2020 will help to support and facilitate). The support provided by us, The Skills Service, is proving critical in helping schools meet these Benchmarks through the work undertaken by our Work Experience Team, our Business and Education Development Managers and our Enterprise Coordinators.