Leading career learning specialists ‘Forum Talent-Potential’ and ‘KareerHub’ have teamed up to help schools and colleges address the eight Gatsby benchmarks; the basis of the Department for Education’s new Careers Strategy.
The government ‘Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s talents and skills’ published by the Department for Education (2017) describes a bold vision for changes in schools’ careers provision, aiming for:
‘… all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace’ (p.4).
With KareerHub offering an innovative labour market intelligence/information (LMI) digital solution, supporting enhanced career learning and career decision making for young people, and FORUM Talent-Potential supporting a six-step process that enables schools and colleges to embed meaningful encounters with employers within subject learning. Each offers content rich curriculum materials designed to support both young people and teachers.
Careers policy and research specialist, Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE comments: ‘At a time when education and employment routes are changing, it is crucial that young people and families are equipped to make informed choices about available career pathways. It is essential for all young people across England to progressively discover their interests, talents and aspirations.’
Each solution is complementary, addressing different Gatsby benchmarks, as briefly outlined below. Crucially, they also enable schools and colleges to ensure that young people’s discussions with professionally trained careers advisers are productive and based on personal reflection and research.
|1||Stable CEIAG programme||
|2||Learning from career and labour market information|
|3||Addressing the needs of each pupil|
|4||Linking curriculum learning and careers|
|5||Encounters with employers and employees|
|6||Experiences of workplaces|
|7||Encounters with further and higher education|
Qualified Careers Advisers