Statutory Guidelines for Careers Support in Schools

‘The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of us to support young people in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them’.

The governments’ new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, set out the plan for building a high-quality careers system that will help young people to achieve’.

(Claudia Harris, CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company)

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation ( has provided schools with a clear blueprint of what good careers provision should look like.

  • Sept 2012 onwards – all schools should ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 7

If you have any questions or wish to request an appointment with our independent careers advisor that we have based at school, contact Mrs Rees; our lead member of staff for Careers advice and guidance.

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Apprenticeships & Opportunities

CITB Open Doors
CITB have updated that there is now an additional site in Leicestershire (Harborough) for Open Doors 2019 (18 to 23 March 2019). You can register for this now via -
Open Doors provides a unique chance to see behind the scenes at major live construction sites and to find out what a career in construction can offer. Please visit for more information or to register your interest in any of the sites which are opening their doors.
Richard Thorpe, CITB Adviser – Leicester & Leicestershire

Leicester College Careers Team offer to schools
Leicester College Careers Team are able to offer years 7 -11, impartial careers advice and guidance through topical presentations and classroom based activities. The offer aims to enhance students’ knowledge and awareness of different career options, opportunities and support their careers education programme in line with the Government Careers Strategy and Gatsby Career Benchmarks. There is no cost attached to this service for schools. Sessions can be delivered in two formats: 15 -30 minute assembly presentation or 30 -60 minute classroom based workshop, to include a presentation and activity. Both formats are available in the following topics:

  • 21st Century Careers, The Future of Work, Introduction to LMI
    Introduce students to the changing world of work, to discover what jobs will look like in the future and gain an understanding of Post 16 options, including higher education, as well as understand what skills will be in greatest demand and identify what employers look for.
  • Social Media and Your Online Reputation
    An insight into how social media can help shape an individual’s online reputation and how the online image can affect employment and University entry opportunities. How to create a positive online reputation, what creates a negative online reputation and also cover social media privacy.
  • Apprenticeships - An Introduction
    Provide students with an insight into the diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities at all levels including university level. Students will understand the benefits and value of undertaking an apprenticeship and will be aware of how to make an application.
  • Skills for the Future (popular with Year 7 and 8 students)
    Students will discover skills for future jobs, know what skills and qualities employers look for, understand the meaning of ‘Transferable Skills’
  • Girls into STEAM
    An understanding of the term STEAM, explore a range of 21st Century STEAM careers, discover the benefits of a career in STEAM as well as learn about different routes into STEAM
    This offer ends June 30 2019, contact Lisa Wilford to find out more or book.

Skills Builder has a limited number of fully funded memberships for the current academic year- if you scroll down you can see that they support schools to help them to build key employability skills through teacher CPD, resources, and teaching activities. The cut off to sign up is Feb 15; let’s get those last few places for our LLEP area schools! If you have any queries contact Richard Hart Regional Manager, Midlands & South West England Tel: 07549 946 111.


Leicester college for apprenticeships have got several salons in your areas who are looking for hairdressing apprentices for this summer. Suitable for any year 11 learners, the course equivalent to 5 GCSE, Maths and English level 4 is desirable not essential.

Karen Smith, Trainer Assessor - Hair/Recruitment
Leicester College, Freeman's Park Campus, 145 Welford Road, Leicester, LE2 7LW