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Support

There are many organisations out there to support you and your school, though we recognise that sometimes it can be difficult to find the right one. That’s why we have put together a list of organisations recommended to us by the schools and colleges in the North of East England pilot. This isn't a comprehensive list but we hope it will help you on your journey to reaching the benchmarks. Many of these organisations also act as a gateway to multiple schemes and regional activity.

The Careers & Enterprise company have created the Tracker tool to help you reach more of the Gatsby benchmarks. After completing the Compass evaluation tool, Tracker can be used to plan and record your school or college's careers activities, track your improvement against the benchmarks and help you decide how to make use of the supporting organisations and resources listed below. Information about Tracker can be found here.

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A future in Chemistry

A website produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry to describe the range of occupations available in the world of chemistry.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships work with schools, young people and providers nationwide to promote and improve apprenticeship awareness. Their Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme supports schools and colleges to ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Best Course for Me

Provides free, user friendly, access to education and employment data to support young people make informed decisions about which courses to study.

Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by training and placing doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, and also arrange two university trips.

Business in the Community

Business in the Community (BIC) engage employers to work with schools and colleges in a variety of creative and engaging ways to address mutual needs.

Career Development Institute (CDI)

The professional body for the careers development sector, with membership categories for individuals; schools and organisations. Their website contains lots of useful information including a framework for developing and implementing careers, enterprise and employability activity for 7-19 year olds. They hold the UK Register of Career Development Professionals to ensure quality provision for young people and adults. They also play a leading role in overseeing the Quality in Careers Standard.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

CEGNET

An informal online community for teachers and careers professionals share news and resources.

Compass evaluation tool

A free self-audit tool to help schools measure themselves against the Gatsby benchmarks. Developed by the Gatsby Foundation and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Education and Employers Taskforce

Education and Employers Taskforce brings together leading academics, analysts, policy makers and practitioners to share learning research about the quality and impact of employer engagement in education. A useful resource to keep up to date on career guidance policy and cutting edge research about what works.

Fair Train

Fair Train provide coaching, information, advice and guidance to employers (looking to host) and learning providers (looking to place) learners on all forms of work experience. This includes work placements, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Fair Train also run the National Work Experience Week campaign and provide the work experience quality standard for employers.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

Get In Go Far

The National Apprenticeship website, providing information for parents, students, educators and employers about apprenticeships - including vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.

Government published pupil destination data

The Department for Education publishes headline information on student destinations at KS4 and KS5.

Government Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff for Careers guidance and inspiration. The statutory duty requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).

iCould

A Large selection of free careers videos, articles and resources that can be used within and beyond the classroom to explore different jobs and sectors.

Informed Choices (from the Russell Group)

The ‘Informed Choices’ booklet guides applicants on entry requirements to Russell Group universities, including which A level subjects which are considered 'facilitating'.

Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance is the national online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors. A route to increasing employer representation on your board of governors.

Inspiring the Future

A website through which teachers can request business volunteers to come and work with young people. The resources section also provides supporting materials to help teachers structure the employer engagement sessions.

Institute of Physics - improving gender balance in STEM subjects

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have done significant research in to the issues surrounding the gender imbalance in physics uptake. They have now developed whole school programmes that focus on whole school approaches to addressing unconscious bias. The IOP also have a separate website with resources including a section specific to careers in physics.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

Life Skills from Barclays

Life Skills is led by Barcalys and consists of a number of large scale initiatives including online encounters with employers, support with writing CVs, and opportunities for volunteering to develop employability skills.

LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications. Schools/Colleges can download and use the 'careerometer' widget, which can be easily plugged in to your own website.

National Careers Service

Providing information and advice to young people from age 13 to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a 'skills health check', course finder, access to independent careers advisers via a phone service, and support to manage the process of finding a job.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at important stages in the academic calendar to help support young people. The site provides free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities.

National Governors Association

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) is an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance and trustees with schools and colleges.

Nomis

A service provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) giving free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources. Set up an account and have access to a whole range of data including industry classifications, area profiles, earnings and travel to work patterns.

Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni is designed to be a one stop site for to access information about apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning, work experience and job information for young people who believe university may not be for them. The site seeks to help young people find apprenticeships, college courses and work experience.

Ofsted inspection handbook

Guidance on how Ofsted inspect the quality and impact of career guidance provision in schools. Criteria relating to career guidance are embedded into the Ofsted inspection framework.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools is a UK charity helping state schools inspire their students and broaden horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading business figures through talks and workshops — speakers can be requested free of charge.

Start

Start is a free careers guidance platform, created by U-Explore and used by students and teachers in schools and colleges across the UK. Start offers a single starting point to help simplify and personalise access to the most comprehensive source of careers and future study information, including content from iCould and leading employers as well as live data from LMI for All, the National Apprenticeship Service and much more.

STEM Ambassadors

This scheme links a network of over 20,000 volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries with schools and colleges. STEM Ambassadors can work with schools in many ways from careers fairs and talks to mentoring and after school activities such as STEM Clubs.

STEM Clubs

The STEM Clubs programmes provides support to schools and colleges setting up new extra curricular clubs which give young people the opportunity to explore STEM outside of the curriculum. They also provide information about the many schemes and organisations that run and provide resources for these clubs.

STEM Insight for teachers

STEM Insight provides a unique opportunity for school or college staff to experience life in modern industry or a leading university to learn about the vast range of career opportunities and entry routes available to pupils studying STEM subjects.

STEM Learning careers resources

STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provide teachers, school technicians and others working with young people with professional development, an online community and curated resources - including careers education. They also run the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes.

Teach First - supporting employability education

Teach First support teacher development in those schools in the most challenging circumstances. They have created a professional development programme for Career Leaders and have produced toolkits for senior leadership highlighting the importance of this role.

The Challenge

The Challenge are a leading education charity running a number of programmes that can support careers guidance activity in schools and colleges. Programmes include the National Citizenship Service which provides volunteering opportunities for young people.

UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. The site includes information and services for prospective students. UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13-17 to search for courses across England and Wales.

Unifrog

Unifrog is a paid for service which seeks to bring into one place every university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes and MOOCs. The platform allows students to record what they're good at and write their CVs and Personal Statements. Teachers can also give their students feedback and write references.

Which? University

Information about university options and an interactive 'A-level Explorer' helping to match A'level subject options to possible degree choices

Working Futures

Working Futures 2014-2024 is the latest in a series of government reports on the employment prospects in the UK labour market over a 10 year horizon. It presents historical trends and future prospects for the UK.

World Skills UK

World Skills UK aims to develop, celebrate and showcase the practical skills of young people in the UK. They run competitions across the UK and support young people to compete internationally. Winners from these competitions work with schools to showcase their skills. They also run the Skills Show, an opportunity for young people, families and teachers to explore the range of skilled occupations in the UK.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a charity that seeks to empower young people to harness their personal and business skills. They run a series of challenges and workshops that encourage young people to make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling them to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to succeed in the chnaging world of work.

Key organisations

Career Development Institute (CDI)

The professional body for the careers development sector, with membership categories for individuals; schools and organisations. Their website contains lots of useful information including a framework for developing and implementing careers, enterprise and employability activity for 7-19 year olds. They hold the UK Register of Career Development Professionals to ensure quality provision for young people and adults. They also play a leading role in overseeing the Quality in Careers Standard.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

Compass evaluation tool

A free self-audit tool to help schools measure themselves against the Gatsby benchmarks. Developed by the Gatsby Foundation and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Get In Go Far

The National Apprenticeship website, providing information for parents, students, educators and employers about apprenticeships - including vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.

Government published pupil destination data

The Department for Education publishes headline information on student destinations at KS4 and KS5.

Government Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff for Careers guidance and inspiration. The statutory duty requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications. Schools/Colleges can download and use the 'careerometer' widget, which can be easily plugged in to your own website.

National Careers Service

Providing information and advice to young people from age 13 to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a 'skills health check', course finder, access to independent careers advisers via a phone service, and support to manage the process of finding a job.

Ofsted inspection handbook

Guidance on how Ofsted inspect the quality and impact of career guidance provision in schools. Criteria relating to career guidance are embedded into the Ofsted inspection framework.

STEM Ambassadors

This scheme links a network of over 20,000 volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries with schools and colleges. STEM Ambassadors can work with schools in many ways from careers fairs and talks to mentoring and after school activities such as STEM Clubs.

STEM Learning careers resources

STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provide teachers, school technicians and others working with young people with professional development, an online community and curated resources - including careers education. They also run the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes.

UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. The site includes information and services for prospective students. UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13-17 to search for courses across England and Wales.

A stable careers programme

Career Development Institute (CDI)

The professional body for the careers development sector, with membership categories for individuals; schools and organisations. Their website contains lots of useful information including a framework for developing and implementing careers, enterprise and employability activity for 7-19 year olds. They hold the UK Register of Career Development Professionals to ensure quality provision for young people and adults. They also play a leading role in overseeing the Quality in Careers Standard.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

CEGNET

An informal online community for teachers and careers professionals share news and resources.

Compass evaluation tool

A free self-audit tool to help schools measure themselves against the Gatsby benchmarks. Developed by the Gatsby Foundation and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Education and Employers Taskforce

Education and Employers Taskforce brings together leading academics, analysts, policy makers and practitioners to share learning research about the quality and impact of employer engagement in education. A useful resource to keep up to date on career guidance policy and cutting edge research about what works.

Government Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff for Careers guidance and inspiration. The statutory duty requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).

Inspiring Governance

Inspiring Governance is the national online matchmaking service which connects skilled volunteers interested in serving as governors. A route to increasing employer representation on your board of governors.

Institute of Physics - improving gender balance in STEM subjects

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have done significant research in to the issues surrounding the gender imbalance in physics uptake. They have now developed whole school programmes that focus on whole school approaches to addressing unconscious bias. The IOP also have a separate website with resources including a section specific to careers in physics.

Life Skills from Barclays

Life Skills is led by Barcalys and consists of a number of large scale initiatives including online encounters with employers, support with writing CVs, and opportunities for volunteering to develop employability skills.

National Governors Association

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) is an independent charity that aims to improve the educational standards and well-being of young people through supporting and promoting outstanding governance and trustees with schools and colleges.

Ofsted inspection handbook

Guidance on how Ofsted inspect the quality and impact of career guidance provision in schools. Criteria relating to career guidance are embedded into the Ofsted inspection framework.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

Start

Start is a free careers guidance platform, created by U-Explore and used by students and teachers in schools and colleges across the UK. Start offers a single starting point to help simplify and personalise access to the most comprehensive source of careers and future study information, including content from iCould and leading employers as well as live data from LMI for All, the National Apprenticeship Service and much more.

STEM Insight for teachers

STEM Insight provides a unique opportunity for school or college staff to experience life in modern industry or a leading university to learn about the vast range of career opportunities and entry routes available to pupils studying STEM subjects.

Teach First - supporting employability education

Teach First support teacher development in those schools in the most challenging circumstances. They have created a professional development programme for Career Leaders and have produced toolkits for senior leadership highlighting the importance of this role.

Learning from career and labour market information

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships work with schools, young people and providers nationwide to promote and improve apprenticeship awareness. Their Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme supports schools and colleges to ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Best Course for Me

Provides free, user friendly, access to education and employment data to support young people make informed decisions about which courses to study.

Get In Go Far

The National Apprenticeship website, providing information for parents, students, educators and employers about apprenticeships - including vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.

iCould

A Large selection of free careers videos, articles and resources that can be used within and beyond the classroom to explore different jobs and sectors.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

LMI for All

LMI for All is an online data portal which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications. Schools/Colleges can download and use the 'careerometer' widget, which can be easily plugged in to your own website.

National Careers Service

Providing information and advice to young people from age 13 to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a 'skills health check', course finder, access to independent careers advisers via a phone service, and support to manage the process of finding a job.

Nomis

A service provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) giving free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources. Set up an account and have access to a whole range of data including industry classifications, area profiles, earnings and travel to work patterns.

Start

Start is a free careers guidance platform, created by U-Explore and used by students and teachers in schools and colleges across the UK. Start offers a single starting point to help simplify and personalise access to the most comprehensive source of careers and future study information, including content from iCould and leading employers as well as live data from LMI for All, the National Apprenticeship Service and much more.

UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. The site includes information and services for prospective students. UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13-17 to search for courses across England and Wales.

Working Futures

Working Futures 2014-2024 is the latest in a series of government reports on the employment prospects in the UK labour market over a 10 year horizon. It presents historical trends and future prospects for the UK.

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships work with schools, young people and providers nationwide to promote and improve apprenticeship awareness. Their Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme supports schools and colleges to ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Best Course for Me

Provides free, user friendly, access to education and employment data to support young people make informed decisions about which courses to study.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

Get In Go Far

The National Apprenticeship website, providing information for parents, students, educators and employers about apprenticeships - including vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.

Government published pupil destination data

The Department for Education publishes headline information on student destinations at KS4 and KS5.

Institute of Physics - improving gender balance in STEM subjects

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have done significant research in to the issues surrounding the gender imbalance in physics uptake. They have now developed whole school programmes that focus on whole school approaches to addressing unconscious bias. The IOP also have a separate website with resources including a section specific to careers in physics.

Life Skills from Barclays

Life Skills is led by Barcalys and consists of a number of large scale initiatives including online encounters with employers, support with writing CVs, and opportunities for volunteering to develop employability skills.

National Careers Service

Providing information and advice to young people from age 13 to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a 'skills health check', course finder, access to independent careers advisers via a phone service, and support to manage the process of finding a job.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

The Challenge

The Challenge are a leading education charity running a number of programmes that can support careers guidance activity in schools and colleges. Programmes include the National Citizenship Service which provides volunteering opportunities for young people.

UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. The site includes information and services for prospective students. UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13-17 to search for courses across England and Wales.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

A future in Chemistry

A website produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry to describe the range of occupations available in the world of chemistry.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

iCould

A Large selection of free careers videos, articles and resources that can be used within and beyond the classroom to explore different jobs and sectors.

Inspiring the Future

A website through which teachers can request business volunteers to come and work with young people. The resources section also provides supporting materials to help teachers structure the employer engagement sessions.

Institute of Physics - improving gender balance in STEM subjects

The Institute of Physics (IOP) have done significant research in to the issues surrounding the gender imbalance in physics uptake. They have now developed whole school programmes that focus on whole school approaches to addressing unconscious bias. The IOP also have a separate website with resources including a section specific to careers in physics.

National Careers Week

National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at important stages in the academic calendar to help support young people. The site provides free resources, information on current career opportunities and advice on activities.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

Start

Start is a free careers guidance platform, created by U-Explore and used by students and teachers in schools and colleges across the UK. Start offers a single starting point to help simplify and personalise access to the most comprehensive source of careers and future study information, including content from iCould and leading employers as well as live data from LMI for All, the National Apprenticeship Service and much more.

STEM Ambassadors

This scheme links a network of over 20,000 volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries with schools and colleges. STEM Ambassadors can work with schools in many ways from careers fairs and talks to mentoring and after school activities such as STEM Clubs.

STEM Clubs

The STEM Clubs programmes provides support to schools and colleges setting up new extra curricular clubs which give young people the opportunity to explore STEM outside of the curriculum. They also provide information about the many schemes and organisations that run and provide resources for these clubs.

STEM Insight for teachers

STEM Insight provides a unique opportunity for school or college staff to experience life in modern industry or a leading university to learn about the vast range of career opportunities and entry routes available to pupils studying STEM subjects.

STEM Learning careers resources

STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support to schools, colleges and other groups working with young people across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provide teachers, school technicians and others working with young people with professional development, an online community and curated resources - including careers education. They also run the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes.

Teach First - supporting employability education

Teach First support teacher development in those schools in the most challenging circumstances. They have created a professional development programme for Career Leaders and have produced toolkits for senior leadership highlighting the importance of this role.

World Skills UK

World Skills UK aims to develop, celebrate and showcase the practical skills of young people in the UK. They run competitions across the UK and support young people to compete internationally. Winners from these competitions work with schools to showcase their skills. They also run the Skills Show, an opportunity for young people, families and teachers to explore the range of skilled occupations in the UK.

Encounters with employers and employees

Business in the Community

Business in the Community (BIC) engage employers to work with schools and colleges in a variety of creative and engaging ways to address mutual needs.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

Fair Train

Fair Train provide coaching, information, advice and guidance to employers (looking to host) and learning providers (looking to place) learners on all forms of work experience. This includes work placements, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Fair Train also run the National Work Experience Week campaign and provide the work experience quality standard for employers.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

Inspiring the Future

A website through which teachers can request business volunteers to come and work with young people. The resources section also provides supporting materials to help teachers structure the employer engagement sessions.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

Life Skills from Barclays

Life Skills is led by Barcalys and consists of a number of large scale initiatives including online encounters with employers, support with writing CVs, and opportunities for volunteering to develop employability skills.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools is a UK charity helping state schools inspire their students and broaden horizons through access to the insights, experiences and expertise of today’s leading business figures through talks and workshops — speakers can be requested free of charge.

STEM Ambassadors

This scheme links a network of over 20,000 volunteers from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries with schools and colleges. STEM Ambassadors can work with schools in many ways from careers fairs and talks to mentoring and after school activities such as STEM Clubs.

The Challenge

The Challenge are a leading education charity running a number of programmes that can support careers guidance activity in schools and colleges. Programmes include the National Citizenship Service which provides volunteering opportunities for young people.

World Skills UK

World Skills UK aims to develop, celebrate and showcase the practical skills of young people in the UK. They run competitions across the UK and support young people to compete internationally. Winners from these competitions work with schools to showcase their skills. They also run the Skills Show, an opportunity for young people, families and teachers to explore the range of skilled occupations in the UK.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is a charity that seeks to empower young people to harness their personal and business skills. They run a series of challenges and workshops that encourage young people to make the connection between school and the world of work, enabling them to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need to succeed in the chnaging world of work.

Experiences of workplaces

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company are an umbrella organisation seeking to support schools and colleges improve career guidance through research, funding and regional networks. They fund programmes that have proven impact on young people and can be a good place to start if looking for high quality activities. They have a regional Enterprise Adviser Network that links senior business volunteers to senior management teams within schools and colleges, and they have a number of resource toolkits which provide examples of good practice, particularly around meaningful encounters with the world of work.

Fair Train

Fair Train provide coaching, information, advice and guidance to employers (looking to host) and learning providers (looking to place) learners on all forms of work experience. This includes work placements, internships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Fair Train also run the National Work Experience Week campaign and provide the work experience quality standard for employers.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

Inspiring the Future

A website through which teachers can request business volunteers to come and work with young people. The resources section also provides supporting materials to help teachers structure the employer engagement sessions.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from 16-25 gain employability skills and experiences of work.

Encounters with further and higher education

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships work with schools, young people and providers nationwide to promote and improve apprenticeship awareness. Their Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge (ASK) programme supports schools and colleges to ensure that they meet their statutory duties regarding the provision of impartial IAG, specifically in relation to apprenticeships and traineeships.

Best Course for Me

Provides free, user friendly, access to education and employment data to support young people make informed decisions about which courses to study.

Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly-selective universities. They do this by training and placing doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, and also arrange two university trips.

Future First

Future First is a national education charity that helps state schools and colleges to build alumni communities to support many elements of a careers programme, including mentoring, work placements and supporting the curriculum.

Get In Go Far

The National Apprenticeship website, providing information for parents, students, educators and employers about apprenticeships - including vacancies, role descriptions and resource materials.

Informed Choices (from the Russell Group)

The ‘Informed Choices’ booklet guides applicants on entry requirements to Russell Group universities, including which A level subjects which are considered 'facilitating'.

Not Going to Uni

Not Going to Uni is designed to be a one stop site for to access information about apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning, work experience and job information for young people who believe university may not be for them. The site seeks to help young people find apprenticeships, college courses and work experience.

UCAS

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to higher education. The site includes information and services for prospective students. UCAS Progress allows young people aged 13-17 to search for courses across England and Wales.

Unifrog

Unifrog is a paid for service which seeks to bring into one place every university course, apprenticeship, and college course in the UK, as well as other opportunities, such as School Leaver Programmes and MOOCs. The platform allows students to record what they're good at and write their CVs and Personal Statements. Teachers can also give their students feedback and write references.

Which? University

Information about university options and an interactive 'A-level Explorer' helping to match A'level subject options to possible degree choices

World Skills UK

World Skills UK aims to develop, celebrate and showcase the practical skills of young people in the UK. They run competitions across the UK and support young people to compete internationally. Winners from these competitions work with schools to showcase their skills. They also run the Skills Show, an opportunity for young people, families and teachers to explore the range of skilled occupations in the UK.

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Career Development Institute (CDI)

The professional body for the careers development sector, with membership categories for individuals; schools and organisations. Their website contains lots of useful information including a framework for developing and implementing careers, enterprise and employability activity for 7-19 year olds. They hold the UK Register of Career Development Professionals to ensure quality provision for young people and adults. They also play a leading role in overseeing the Quality in Careers Standard.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Job Centres now provide a support package for schools including providing guidance to pupils. Local centres should be contacted for details.

National Careers Service

Providing information and advice to young people from age 13 to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a 'skills health check', course finder, access to independent careers advisers via a phone service, and support to manage the process of finding a job.

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