Our Grant Funding Agreement

Our mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work. Our role is to link schools and colleges to employers, and to help them deliver world class careers support for all young people by:

  • Building Networks: we link schools and colleges to employers and other external providers through the Enterprise Advisor Network and Careers Hubs
  • Supporting Careers Leaders: we provide training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges
  • Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks: we support schools and colleges to implement best practice careers support with tools and targeted funding

Our annual Grant Funding Agreement with the Department for Education allows us to deliver on this role. Thanks to this investment, we are now seeing schools and colleges across the country continue to make rapid progress on careers support for young people.

  • 3 million students now benefit from regular employer encounters - half a million more than in 2017
  • The vast majority of schools saying careers provision has improved (75%) and that they are positive about the future of careers (81%)
  • 85% of mainstream secondary schools and colleges have joined our Enterprise Advisor Network

To aid transparency and accountability, below we have provided more detail on what we will deliver through this year’s Grant Funding Agreement and how we will ensure value for money.

Building Networks

We will link schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs. We will do this by:

  • Growing the Enterprise Adviser Network so that:
    • Every secondary school and college in the country is invited to become part of the Network, with at least 4,400 signing-up
    • 3,600 schools and colleges have been matched with a dedicated volunteer
    • 250 professional Enterprise Coordinators are supporting schools in the Network
  • Expand the successful ‘Careers Hub’ model to deliver improvements in careers education:
    • Increase by 700 (to a total 2,100) the number of schools and colleges in a Careers Hub
    • Continue to support the existing 40 Careers Hubs
    • Ensure all schools and colleges in Careers Hubs progress against all Gatsby Benchmarks

Supporting Careers Leaders

We will provide training and support for Careers Leaders so they have the knowledge and skills to make progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks. We will do this by:

  • Delivering Careers Leader training and bursaries so that:
    • 1,950 Careers Leaders receive a fully funded training bursary
    • 2,750 benefit from our free online Careers Leader training course
  • Providing innovative digital support and tools to Careers Leaders by:
    • Supporting 4,400 schools and colleges to use our Compass evaluation tool
    • Upgrade and roll out our innovative Compass+ tool to 2000 schools
    • Continue to tailor Compass for SEND, MAT and other settings

Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks

We will support schools and colleges to implement best practice careers supports with tools, support and targeted funding. We will do this by:

  • Delivering investment, guidance and resources to:
    • support 374,000 young people through mentoring, personal guidance, employer engagement and career-related learning
    • support careers related activity in primary schools through investment, support and guidance 
    • develop careers support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) young people through investment and building a community of practice
  • Providing digital tools and support to schools and colleges
    • Develop and roll out the Future Skills Survey to measure the impact of careers activities on young people
    • Launch a Resource Directory to allow schools and colleges to easily find a quality careers provider that meets their needs

A more detailed breakdown of our current funding is available in our funding agreement. The agreement makes provision for changes and adaptations to delivery over the course of the year. The Department may request that we deliver additional activity during the year. This may require specific responses in light of the impact of COVID-19.

You can view previous funding agreements for 2018-19 and 2019-20 (and the subsequent grant variation for 2019-20).