Careers Excellence Awards 2019

Inspire. Prepare. Succeed.

In partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, we’re shining a light on best practice careers provision in schools, colleges, employers, local areas and providers across the country. Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Awards. We look forward to celebrating the hard work taking place across the country to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work.

Applications have now closed for the Careers Excellence Awards 2019. If you have any questions regarding the Awards, please contact a member of our Awards team at

Careers Education Excellence Awards

The Careers & Enterprise Company, partnering with the Gatsby Foundation has launched this year's Careers Excellence Awards 2019.

For the third year running, our Awards shine a light on best practice careers provision – inspiring and preparing young people for success in the world of work.

The Awards highlight the incredible work underway by schools and colleges, businesses, volunteers, Local Enterprise Partnerships and careers providers. This is a key opportunity to showcase the commitment and dedication of many of the fantastic organisations and individuals working hard in careers provision.

Careers Education Excellence Awards


The Awards are made up of 10 categories – acknowledging and celebrating the efforts of a diverse range of people contributing to world class careers provision in England.

The categories highlight the talent and expertise required to reach the Gatsby Benchmarks, build networks and support careers leaders.

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Raising the aspirations of young people is crucial when it comes to unlocking the future of work in England. As a community of policymakers, business people and teachers – we need to shine a light on the best ways this is being done.

Sir John Holman, Senior Adviser to the Gatsby Foundation
Careers Education Excellence Awards

Our Partner

We are proud to be partnering with the Gatsby Foundation in our joint commitment to strengthen England’s high-quality career guidance for young people. Gatsby is a foundation set up by David Sainsbury to realise his charitable objectives. In 2014, the Gatsby Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Senior Advisor in Education at the Gatsby Foundation, titled “Good Career Guidance.” The report identified eight benchmarks that define world-class career guidance. Since the launch of the Government’s Careers Strategy in 2017, all schools and colleges in England are working to meet each of the eight benchmarks. At The Careers & Enterprise Company, supporting schools and colleges to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks is central to our mission.

We look forward to celebrating progress and best practice at the Careers Excellence Awards 2019. Find out more about the Gatsby Foundation here.

Your questions answered

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Awards. The winners will be selected through a thorough assessment process using the Application Guidance criteria. Following shortlisting, a panel of judges chaired by Sir John Holman will select the winners in each category. If you have any questions regarding the Awards, get in touch at
The Careers Health Checklist is a supporting document for the SEND Champion of the Year Award and can be found here.

The elements listed in the application guidance are not mandatory but we recommend that you include the best evidence you have available to support your entry.

Supporting evidence is intended to enhance the quality of your entry, and as a way to substantiate the excellent work underway in your area.

A comprehensive category summary is provided for you to download here.
Yes, we encourage past winners to enter the Careers Excellence Awards. The Awards are an ongoing opportunity to highlight progress and achievements for the last academic year as well as previous achievements.
One is specific to schools, the other is specific to colleges. The evidence requirements for ‘Careers Leader of the Year’, ‘School or College of the Year’ and ‘School or College achieving the most progress’ each have two application packs.
This helps us assess how much progress has been achieved. To apply to some categories, you need to include your baseline Compass Data Summary on the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as of July 2018 – or your earliest available baseline data and your most recent Compass Data Summary.
You should be able to demonstrate that you meet all the eligibility criteria for a category. You should also provide as much evidence as possible. Try exploring multiple categories to see which requirements you’re already meeting.

A Careers Leader can nominate themselves or be nominated by the head teacher/principal of their school or by the Careers Hub Lead. This category requires two referees from any of the following: Enterprise Co-ordinators, Head teacher or the Careers Hub Lead.

As an Enterprise Adviser, you cannot nominate your Careers Leader. But as part of your application, you can provide a quote to reflect the value of the strategic leadership they provide, as well as how this affects the school’s careers provision.

Yes. But we recommend the application focuses on only one school relationship to complete the evidence requirements. The applicant should still highlight that the partnering organisation supports other school or college partners.
You may include up to five documents as evidence for your application. These will not count towards the permitted word count.
The shortlisted entries will be informed in mid-August. The winners will be announced at an Award Ceremony at the Royal Society of Chemistry on Friday 27 September.