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.

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.


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]

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]


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.