The Government’s Statutory Careers Guidance (Oct 2018) from the Department for Education builds on the Government’s Careers Strategy (Dec 2017) to ensure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

It focuses on the Gatsby Benchmarks and provides information on what schools need to do to meet each one and what support is available; recognising that the work needed to meet all eight Benchmarks will vary for individual schools.

Supported by active social media, Careersnearhere (CNH) has been designed to complement the traditional toolkit of careers advice and guidance resources, and aligns with the Government’s Statutory Careers Guidance (Oct 2018) as follows:

 

The Headlines – for years 8 to 13

Independent careers guidance in schools

  • Information pages – CNH includes sources of help including details of local Careers Advisers
  • Free resource – No personal advice and guidance, but CNH does support the work of professional careers advisers
  • Outside school – CNH also supports the work of youth support organisations, parents/carers and others – see Testimonials.

 

Education & Training Provider access – able to inform all pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships

  • Inspiration noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific opportunities for young people to meet local employers and academics
  • Academic noticeboards – these adverts show the range of academic courses available to young people
  • Apprenticeship noticeboards – these connect young people with work-based learning in apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Information pages – adverts are complemented by simple information pages to aid understanding (e.g. Apprenticeships Level 2 or 3)

 

Achieve Gatsby Benchmarks by end 2020

  • Careersnearhere is aligned to the Benchmarks – see separate information page here

 

Named Careers Leader – to lead the careers programme

  • CNH Twitter – engages with school careers leaders, retweeting, tagging and sharing relevant content

 

Access to good quality information

Accessible

  • Relevant – CNH adapts to the search requirements of each student based on their choice of career sector, and noticeboard filter
  • Mobile-friendly – CNH can be easily accessed on a mobile device in or out of school
  • Free resource – No personal advice and guidance, but CNH does support the work of professional careers advisers
  • Outside school – CNH also supports the work of youth support organisations, parents/carers and others – see Testimonials.
  • Quick and easy to use – CNH works well for Generation Z with brief advert summaries to scroll through and standard layouts
  • Live adverts – to save time and retain interest levels, the adverts all have a clear expiry date and are displayed in reverse chronological order
  • No barriers – CNH is free to use, there is no middleman, and the adverts signpost direct to opportunities in the local economy
  • Diverse – wherever possible, the CNH website covers disabilities, SEND, reflects different communities and opportunities for young women

 

Quality Information

  • Future study options – Academic noticeboards signpost to sector-specific courses
  • Information pages – adverts are complemented by simple information pages to aid understanding (e.g. Apprenticeships Level 2 or 3)
  • Blogs – a variety of articles in searchable format to support and explain often complex topics in an accessible format

 

Labour Market Information

  • Local career sectors – CNH career sectors are based on the key local industries in this region
  • Local adverts – CNH adverts each signpost direct only to opportunities located in the local economy
  • Local LMI – each of the main 12 career sectors include more information and links to local labour market information (e.g. Construction)

 

Raise aspirations, but tailored to individual need

  • See Accessible benefits (above)

 

Schools should ensure that young people understand

  • Information pages – adverts are complemented by simple information pages to aid understanding (e.g. Apprenticeships Level 2 or 3)
  • Blogs – a variety of articles in searchable format to support and explain often complex topics in an accessible format
  • Quick and easy to use – CNH works well for Generation Z with brief advert summaries to scroll through and standard layouts

 

Differentiated careers guidance for SEND pupils

  • See Accessible benefits (above)

 

Subject teachers should support the school’s CEIAG

  • Inspiration noticeboards – these adverts include providers who deliver sector-specific content which supports the school curriculum
  • Free resource – No personal advice and guidance, but CNH does support the work of teachers by signposting to sector-specific opportunities

 

Pupils should understand the importance of STEM

  • Inspiration noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific opportunities for young people, including STEM employer encounters
  • Experience noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific work experience, part-time jobs, and volunteering in the workplace
  • Apprenticeship noticeboards – these connect young people with work-based learning in apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Multi-Sector noticeboard – these adverts include careers fairs, jobs fairs and apprenticeships fairs attended by local employers
  • Blogs – include several revision-tips articles and inspiring guest content from STEM employers and academics

 

Opportunities to gain the practical know-how and attributes that are relevant for employment

  • Inspiration noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific opportunities for young people, including employer encounters
  • Experience noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific work experience, part-time jobs, and volunteering in the workplace
  • Apprenticeship noticeboards – these connect young people with work-based learning in apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Multi-Sector noticeboard – these adverts include careers fairs, jobs fairs and apprenticeships fairs attended by local employers
  • Blogs – include inspiring guest content from a variety of employers

 

High quality and meaningful work experience

  • Experience noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific work experience
  • Blogs – include inspiring articles about the importance of work experience and how to acquire it

 

Consider the impact of different educational choices on career options

  • Experience noticeboards – these adverts include sector-specific work experience
  • Blogs – include inspiring articles about the importance of work experience and how to acquire it

 

Pupils understand that they must continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday

  • Information pages – adverts are complemented by simple information pages to aid understanding (e.g. Post 16 Options)
  • Blogs – a variety of articles in searchable format to support and explain often complex topics in an accessible format

 

Schools encourage pupils to use information tools such as websites which display information about opportunities

  • Careersnearhere.com

 

Careersnearhere – It’s Their Future – Let’s Get It started!

 

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