What is Gatsby Benchmark 6?

Experiences of workplaces

In detail

  • By the age of 16, every pupil should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
  • By the age of 18, every pupil should have had one further such experience, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.


We have worked with Careers Leaders from across the sector to identify useful online resources that are freely available:

Resource Description Access resources
Gatsby Benchmark toolkits Our practical toolkits focus on the Gatsby Benchmarks. They are designed to help schools and colleges identify what 'good' looks like across the eight benchmarks.

Toolkit for Schools [PDF]

Toolkit for Colleges [PDF]

Toolkit for SEND [PDF]

Guidance for Gatsby Benchmark 5 and 6: Scoring online employer engagement in Compass and Compass+

This guidance is designed to support Careers Leaders with the development of careers programmes for young people and advise on how to complete the Compass tool this term while face-face contact is not possible due to Covid-19. This guidance focuses on measuring online employer engagement in relation to Gatbsy Benchmarks 5 and 6.

Full guidance for all Gatsby Benchmarks will be made available in the autumn.

Online Employer Engagement: guidance for Benchmarks 5 and 6 [PDF]
Making it meaningful Our overview and check list to help Career Leaders ensure each encounter or experience is meaningful for all participants. 

Making it meaningful overview [PowerPoint]

Making it meaningful check list [PDF]

Youth Social Action toolkit Our toolkit helps schools and colleges use youth social action to support careers education, helping you meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. Youth Social Action toolkit [website]

Imagen experiences

Imagen insights enable agencies and brands to collaborate with 16 - 25 year olds for brutally honest insights on branding, marketing and products, with opportunities for paid work and providing young people with a better insight into the marketing world. 

Imagen insights [website]

Virtual Works experience Barclays

Virtual Work Experience provides a unique opportunity to gain work experience in a company that you might not normally get access to while highlighting the essential skills needed in that role.

Virtual works experience [website]


Key reports from our Research team on this Benchmark:

Closing the Gap
This report explores the current level of employer engagement in education in England and compares this with the ambitions set out in the government’s Careers Strategy.

Work experience, job shadowing and workplace visits. What works?
This paper summarises the research on three forms of work related learning: work experience placements, job shadowing and workplace visits, showcasing the effectiveness of these activities and highlighting examples of best practice.

Hear from Careers Leaders delivering this benchmark

We hear from Churchill Community College about engaging parents with their children’s experience of work and working with business successfully.