National Careers Week (NCW)
National Careers Week (NCW) is an exciting prospect to explore career guidance and the free resources available for you to use in education. Do you recognise the importance of high-quality careers education? Do you want to make the difference for young people? Together we can!
What is National Careers Week all about?
This year National Careers Week usually takes place in March each year. NCW is run as a not-for-profit organisation and is supported by experienced professionals in the world of education, business and career guidance. Empowering and advancing the level of career education provided in school and college is the main priority during National Careers Week.
The 1st week of March will see schools, colleges, universities, teachers, career leaders and career advisers celebrating Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), which ultimately prepares young people for life after education. It also enables students to make well-informed decisions on their future prospects.
NCW will explore how students can find high quality career guidance and how schools and colleges can implement the The Gatsby Benchmarks as outlined in the Careers Strategy. Providing career advice in a constantly changing labour market can be challenging at times! Gone are the days when careers were considered a linear pathway and instead we face a multitude of career pathways and education routes.
Ensuring each pupil receives high-quality career advice and guidance is vital to their future and could drive change within society through well-informed life choices empowering young people to take control of their future. By using the NCW as an invaluable resource, you’ll take a step closer to achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks which are made up of 8 steps, these include:
- Education and guidance related to a stable careers programme
- Learning from free career resources
- Addressing the needs of every pupil
- Link curriculum and education
- Students should have opportunities to learn from employers about work
- First-hand work experience
- Further and higher education encounters
- Personal guidance
- The National Careers Week website has some great case studies for teachers and advisers looking to inspire young people. It also presents employers with the chance to engage with students while promoting their career and training opportunities.
How can you get involved with National Careers Week?
Do you have fantastic networking skills? Want to bring students and employers together? NCW need your help!
You’ll be working towards helping hundreds of students gain access to labour market information and helping them to make a well-informed decision about their future. Labour market information (LMI) is a great tool to use when career planning. The information provided is reliable and involves data surrounding employment rates, demands and salaries.
To find out more information about how you can get inspired and involved with National Careers Week you can visit their website. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter for information about other career-related events below:
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