National Careers Week takes place between the 2nd and 7th of March 2020. It is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education throughout the UK. Throughout the week, there will be a focus on careers guidance to help support young people leaving education.
National Careers Week also encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers, and career guidance through events and activities.
The Gatsby Career Benchmarks is a framework of eight guidelines about how to provide the best career advice in schools and colleges.
- A stable careers programme: every school and college should have a careers programme that is understood by students, parents, teachers, and employers.
- Learning from career and labour market information: students and parents should have access to quality information about future study and work opportunities. They will need support from an informed guidance councillor to clearly understand the information.
- Addressing the needs of each pupil: students have different guidance needs at different stages. Advice and support need to be tailored to each student.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers: all teachers should link curriculum learning to careers. For example, STEM teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM across a range of career paths.
- Encounters with employers and employees: students should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work and the skilled needed in the workplace.
- Experiences of workplaces: students should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through visits, work shadowing, and work experience.
- Encounters with further and higher education: students should understand full range of learning opportunities. This includes academic and vocational learning.
- Personal guidance: students should have opportunities for guidance interviews. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.