The government’s Careers Strategy, launched in December 2017, and statutory guidance published in January, set out a range of new requirements for schools and colleges.

We can support your school or college to deliver the requirements of the Careers Strategy. Over the next few months we will continue to provide more information and guidance on what schools need to do.

What are the key points of the Careers Strategy?

1. The Gatsby Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks are a big focus

They are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. They make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme. 

From January 2018 schools should use the benchmarks to guide their careers activity provision, if they don't already. The government aims for all schools and colleges to meet all 8 benchmarks by 2020.

Understanding the Gatsby Benchmarks
Gatsby Good Careers Guidance website  

2. A Careers Leader should be in place

 From September 2018 schools and colleges will need to have a named Careers Leader in place. 

This is a named person responsible for running your careers programme. We are working on providing more content, training opportunities and support soon.

Our guide explains what a Careers Leader is and provides advice on identifying someone to fill the role. The guide includes key principles for developing the role and practical case studies from schools.

Guide: Understanding the role of the Careers Leader [PDF]
More on Careers Leaders

3. One employer encounter every year, for every student

By 2020 every young person should have at least one experience of work every year during school years 7-13. To support you, we will grow our network and offer a senior businesses volunteer to every school and college in England.

Our network

4. Other key points

The Careers Strategy also includes proposals for local Careers Hubs, investment focused on disadvantaged young people and new work on careers in primary schools. 

We are here to support schools and colleges with the requirements of the Careers Strategy, we will add more information about these parts of the strategy as soon as possible.

Careers Strategy on
Statutory guidance on

Our implementation plan - draft for discussion

This document describes our planning so far, our current offer and how we plan to scale up support for schools, colleges and businesses.

We welcome feedback from schools, colleges, employers and careers activity providers on the draft plan. We will be publishing the final version in April 2018.

Download the draft plan [PDF]
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