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Experiences of the workplace and employer encounters

High-quality careers education as defined by the Gatsby Benchmarks requires dedicated employer engagement. Encounters with employers and experiences of the workplace are powerful learning experiences for young people.

Workplace experiences have evolved over the years, where progressive, high quality programmes achieve impact through tailored initiatives, starting with engagement from Year 7 and identifying clear intent to structuring and adapting programmes to modern working practices. When young people and employers work together with purpose there are benefits to both:

  • Young people gain insight into the world of work – including the skills required. This helps them make future career decisions and builds motivation in the here and now.  
  • Employers learn about their future workforce (and even begin the recruitment process).  
  • Disadvantaged young people – who have fewer connections and social networks disproportionately benefit from high quality interactions with employers.  

Best practice includes planning learning objectives (including skills young people are working on) in advance, using the experience as ‘real life assessment’ and building the experiences into the wider career-ready curriculum. 

Support for Careers Leaders and employers 

Please visit our Resources Directory for more information on reimagining what excellence looks like in experiences of the workplace, and inspiration for innovative and personalised solutions to delivering modern and meaningful encounters.

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If you would like further support, contact your local Careers Hub.

Resources to support you

If you are a school, college or employer, visit our Resources Directory for further information and support on how to deliver meaningful experiences of the workplace.

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