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Careers Leader training

All Careers Leaders require outstanding training

Our training courses provide a huge opportunity for you as a Careers Leader to accelerate your school, special school or college towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks. In order to achieve this, we help you improve your understanding of your role and develop the skills required to strategically embed a careers programme. Whether you are new to the role or highly experienced, there are training courses designed for all levels that will help you ultimately inspire young people to find their next best step. 

We offer an online induction to the Careers Leader role designed for those newly appointed to better understand the value of the role and the careers education landscape in all settings. 

We also have a fully funded training course led by nine high quality training providers, which will equip you with all the knowledge you need across leadership, management, co-ordination and networking. 

Fully funded Careers Leadership training

Over 2,000 Careers Leaders have completed the training and are using it to improve and develop their careers programmes.  

  • Choose from distant, face-to-face or blended learning courses.
  • Network and make new connections with other Careers Leaders.
  • Improve your knowledge of the role and gain access to a qualification (up to level 7). 
  • All Careers Leaders are eligible to apply for a fully funded training place*.  

How it works

To register for a fully funded place, first explore each of our training providers to decide which course is right for you. Use our comparison guide or alternatively you can watch an overview video of each course.

Once you’ve selected the course, follow the link to each individual training provider for full details of their course content. You can speak directly to the provider about any queries you may have regarding their course. You’ll be able to register directly from the training provider’s course page. 

On completion of the course, you will receive £1,000 to spend on furthering your CPD or Careers Programme. For more details on how the funding works, please read the FAQs. 

If you already know which course and Training Provider you wish to enrol with then you are all set to register for a funded training place! Register now.

Explore our training providers

Career Connect -Watch course overview | View course details

Causeway Education & Wolverhampton University -Watch course overview | View course details

CDI - Watch course overview | View course details

Nottingham Trent University -Watch course overview | View course details

RGG Associates - Watch course overview | View course details

Teach First - Watch course overview | View course details

University of Derby - Watch course overview | View course details

University of Huddersfield - Watch course overview | course details coming soon

Warwick University - Watch course overview | View course details


1. Will the course cost me or my school, special school or college anything?

All courses are DfE funded for non-fee-paying schools, special schools, Alternative Provision and colleges and at no cost to you or your establishment. You will also be eligible to access the funded training offer and the £1,000 bursary. 

2. When is the deadline for securing a place?

Please read the comparison guide for course lengths and speak to the course providers to check the final start/completion dates for courses you are interested in. You must however sign a contract with your chosen course provider by 31st March 2023. 

3. How is the training linked to CPD for careers guidance professionals?

This funded training offer is specifically for Careers Leaders and will not qualify you as a Careers Adviser. Please speak to providers about how units and credits from their courses can be used to work towards other qualifications. 

4. Is this training applicable to me as a Careers Leader in Further Education, Alternative Provision or SEND?

Yes. The training is associated with improvements in knowledge and understanding across the four main responsibility areas of a Careers Leader role: Leadership, Management, Co-ordination, and Networking. Improvement in knowledge and understanding is seen in Careers Leaders working in SEND, Alternative Provision, FE colleges and mainstream schools highlighting that the training is appropriate for Careers Leaders in all settings. 

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*Terms and Conditions
The eligibility criteria is for careers leaders in all state-funded secondary schools and colleges, including SEN and AP.

Sign up for fully funded training 

Do you already know the training provider and course you would like to attend? Then register now to secure your place. 


Are you a new Careers Leader?

Access our FREE online induction learning modules to better understand the value of the role and the careers education landscape in all settings.

Online learning modules

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If you have any questions about the training and/or bursary, please contact

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The course has helped me reflect on leadership styles and methods, both strategically and operationally. I have worked closely with the Senior Leadership Team in order to agree the direction and outcomes of the programme, also agreed with the governing body. From this I have drawn up a strategic plan and an operational model to deliver the programme.

Careers Leader, 2021 Cohort

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Have you chosen a course and a Training Provider? Then register now to to take the next step on one of our training courses. 

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Careers Leader Induction

Are you a new Careers Leader? Access our free online Careers Leader Induction learning module to better understand the role and value of a Careers Leader. Learn about the meaningful application of Gatsby Benchmarks within a strategic careers plan, driven by a progressive careers programme.

Find out more about the Careers Leader Induction modules.