Careers Lab Resources

Careers Lab is a collection of off-the-shelf resources, available to both teachers and employers, to help deliver employer encounters in the classroom. It's a Business in the Community initiative which aims to bridge the gap between schools and industry by putting more employers into classrooms where, alongside teachers, they can deliver inspiring careers lessons.

The Careers Lab modules (or lessons) are designed to encourage productive conversations between people in employment and students who will soon enter the employment market. Teachers give an overview of the objectives and activities, deliver the lessons and mediate class discussions. Teachers will also invite the employer volunteers to give an employability perspective at each point in the lesson. They introduce their industry or profession, their company and what they do, and then provide continual input during the activities.

There are a total of three modules, each designed to be delivered as a one-hour lesson. Each has clear PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans and student worksheets prepared. The materials are aligned with Ofsted, Gatsby Benchmarks and with Government advice to help schools and colleges meet their careers education targets. Find an overview of the aims and learning objectives of each module below.

Module One: Inspire

Suitable for Year 7

Gatsby benchmark 5 is met during this session when an employer co-delivers the session according to the plan.

The Inspire module aims to introduce key employability terminology, focusing on the skills and qualities needed for employment. The learning objectives are:

  • Broaden students’ understanding of the range of jobs available in the working world by exploring career pathways of the business volunteers.
  • Create a link between aspirational figures and the students’ own lives.
  • Identify the skills and qualities used in every job and to recognise their importance to achieving success.
  • Allow students to create links between skills, qualities and jobs.


Inspire Student Workbook

Inspire Notes for Employer Ambassadors

Inspire presentation

Inspire Teacher’s lesson plan

Module Two: Aspire

Suitable for Year 8

Gatsby benchmark 5 is met during this session when an employer co-delivers the session according to the plan.

The Aspire module aims to raise student aspirations around different career pathways and start students thinking about their own career plans. The learning objectives are to:

  • Broaden students’ understanding of the range of jobs available by exploring the number of jobs involved in producing a mobile phone.
  • Introduce the idea that the job market is constantly evolving.
  • Consider the rewards and motivations that different roles offer and explore students’ own motivations for going to work.


Aspire Student Workbook

Aspire Notes for Employer Ambassadors

Aspire presentation

Aspire teacher lesson plan

Module Three: Explore

Suitable for Year 9

Gatsby benchmark 5 is met during this session when an employer co-delivers the session according to the plan.

The Explore module aims to explore the variety of ways to find a job, build an understanding of the qualities and skills employers look for and apply this knowledge to the students’ own experience to understand what makes a successful interview. The learning objectives are to:

  • Consider employability skills from an employer’s perspective.
  • Identify what skills and qualities they have developed from activities inside and outside of school and use the STAR model to articulate them.
  • Introduce the stages of the recruitment process.


Explore Student Workbook

Explore Notes for Employer Ambassadors

Explore classroom presentation

Explore teacher lesson plan