Support the Development of your Future Workforce

How can Worcestershire’s employers support in ‘creating our future workforce’?

In July 2018 the Worcestershire LEP, in partnership with Worcestershire County Council developed a careers Hub as part of the Careers and Enterprise Company Programme working with the majority of Educational Establishments across Worcestershire including all secondary schools, Special educational needs schools, Pupil referral units, Further Education colleges and the university.

The Career Hub delivery team works with educational establishments to ensure not only are they meeting the mandatory requirements set out within the Department for Educations Careers Strategy and achieving all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks, but ensuring that Worcestershire students receive an increased number of employer encounters and activities which will in turn, prepare them for the world of work in Worcestershire

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What are the “Gatsby Benchmarks”?

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

These benchmarks are defined as follows:

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1. A Stable Careers Programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

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2. Learning From Career and Labour Market Information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to goodquality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

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3. Addressing The Needs Of Each Pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

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4. Linking Curriculum Learning To Careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

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5. Encounters With Employers and Employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

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6. Experiences Of Workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

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7. Encounters With Further and Higher Education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

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8. Personal Guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

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