Our mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the world of work.

Our work to date

We were established by government in 2015 to link schools and colleges to employers and to help to increase employer engagement for young people.

During our first three years, we have built a national Network which links 2000 schools and colleges to employers. We have also funded 150 programmes to provide high quality employer engagement activities to young people where they are most needed.

A growing number of young people have benefited from this work. Employer engagement has increased by 50% among schools and colleges in the Network and 540,000 young people have received support from funded programmes.

How we will continue to deliver

Our role evolved with the publication of the government’s Careers Strategy, in December 2017. Our role is now to help schools and colleges to deliver high quality careers support for all young people by:

Continuing to link schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers by extending our Network across the country and establishing 20 Careers Hubs.

  • We will be expanding our Network to make it available to every school and college in England by 2020.
  • We have launched 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ across the country to link schools and colleges to employers, FE, apprenticeships and other providers to help them make progress against the best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • We will triple the number of businesses we partner with to invest time and resource to benefit schools and young people.

Providing training and bursaries for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges.

  • We have offered funded training bursaries to 500 schools and colleges, and selected 14 high quality Careers Leader training providers to deliver this training.
  • Our online training for Careers Leaders, developed in collaboration with Teach First, is due to launch in November 2018.

Supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding.

  • 3000 out of 3800 schools and colleges are evaluating their performance against the Gatsby Benchmarks, using our Compass tool.
  • We will further develop our Compass and Tracker tools, plus our new resource, ‘Find an Activity Provider’, to help schools and colleges make progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Funding to be made available to provide targeted support to schools and colleges to help deliver the benchmarks.