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College Leaders have a key role in supporting their college to help every young person find their best next step. We work with the Association of Colleges to support careers education in colleges to be as effective as possible, and also run a community of practice for colleges, run events and training focused on careers education in colleges and have dedicated resources.


We help college leaders to understand their statutory duties around careers guidance, producing at-a-glance guides that make sure you have the key information about changes to government policy.


We have also recently produced research looking at Career Leadership in Colleges, which contains a number of best practice insights specifically for senior leaders at colleges.


These include:


  • Placing careers education at the heart of the wider college vision and making sure there is a dedicated Careers Leader on SLT, or with a clear route of access
  • Appointing a link governor for careers who works closely with the Careers Leader, joins working groups and brings in labour market knowledge
  • Encouraging regular reporting to the governing body on how careers education is contributing to the college’s strategic priorities
  • Encouraging participation in Careers Leader training
  • Reviewing capacity and resourcing of the Careers Leader and wider careers delivery team
  • Using your careers programme to drive COVID-19 recovery



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