The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are the foundation of the Careers Strategy, a statutory requirement for secondary schools and colleges.
Providing high-quality career guidance in schools and colleges is vital to young people so they can make well-informed decisions on their future. The best career provision is essential to the reforms of technical education and social equality.
What are the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks
- A stable careers programme - All schools and colleges should have a stable careers programme which is known by students, teachers, parents and employers. This should include high-quality career advice and guidance.
- Learning from career and labour market information - All students and parents should have access to labour market information which includes post 16 and post 18 options. There should be a designated informed adviser who can help students and parents to understand this.
- Addressing the needs of each pupil - Each student will require different career advice and guidance. Schools and colleges need to address the requirements of students as an individual. Equality and diversity should also be taken into consideration here.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers - Teachers should explain how subjects which are being taught are related to careers outside of education. For example, maths can be heavily linked to a career in accounting.
- Encounters with employers and employees - Schools and colleges should organise for students to speak with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces - Each student should have the opportunity to experience the world of work first hand. This will enable students to explore different career pathways and extend their network.
- Encounters with further and higher education - School and colleges should ensure students have a proper understanding of the learning opportunities available to them and this should cover all academic and vocational routes.
- Personal guidance - All students should have opportunities to meet with a career adviser to discuss guidance and career options.
How Can Careermap Help You to Meet the Gatsby Benchmarks?
Careermap has a range of resources to help you or your Career Leader meet some of these requirements in a fun and informative way.
Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
Careermap publishes Careermag and Careermag for Parents which a wealth of quality information about careers, qualifications and a host of articles that help young people and their parents understand the choices available – now and in the future. They are a helpful resource for teachers and career advisers when working with young people to help them understand what the job market looks like in the sectors they are interested in.
In addition, Careermap publishes special editions, like this summer’s Results Day Guide, which seeks to ensure parents, carers and guardians understand the options available to their children. The careers landscape is constantly changing and it can be difficult for parents to keep up to date on the wide array of opportunities accessible by their children. It’s not surprising that ‘half of British parents worry their knowledge of today’s jobs market could impede their child’s future’.
Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
All of our Careermag publications are useful when linking careers to the curriculum, whatever the subject! The magazines are produced as free downloadable PDFs packed with in depth, colourful features on a wide range of jobs, sectors and industries. These can be pulled out and printed large to make great visual aids in the classroom.
The information included is well researched and up-to-date, often supported by the industry bodies and employers in the sector who provide first hand, reliable information. Whether it is a STEM subject, creative or landscaping, you can find a relevant topic to link to your subject, sometimes unsuspected or surprising.
Flick over to Careermap TV and you will find plenty of videos covering a wide range of careers. These include case studies of young people working in various sectors and how they got there. Employers have posted what it is really like to work in their industry and what qualifications and skills they are looking for. A great asset to make for an interesting and engaging lesson!
Gatsby Benchmarks 5: Encounters with employers and employees
We understand it can be difficult, frustrating and time consuming to arrange for employers to come into schools. And not every employer will be interesting to every student. We can help!
Careermap can arrange for a live broadcast into your lesson (or even from your lesson) linking you with a number of schools, either in your region or across the country. Invite the employer in via live broadcast that gives the ability to ask questions during the event or even after. Get in touch to find out more.
Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
Careers are no longer a linear pathway and neither are qualifications. We at Careermap believe that no route is better than another. All content found on our blogs and in our publications offer an independent view on all pathways, including vocational and academic. Subscribe to Careermag and you will receive a wealth of information to help you inform your students.
Careermap also hosts a wide range of live apprenticeships, FE courses and even graduate opportunities. If you have a young person considering a different route to university, they can find out what the available options are to them right now.
Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks Online Webinar
Careermap are also hosting a live webinar series which involves discussions with an impressive list of top employers, leaders and industry experts. These online webinars are free to join and aim to help teachers, schools and colleges to meet the Gatbsy Benchmarks. Find out more about the extensive range of CPD webinars, click the button below:
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