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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 (BITC) 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 Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector, including careers advisers and Careers Leaders working in schools and colleges. Their website contains lots of useful information and resources, including the popular ‘framework for careers, employability and enterprise education’, which provides learning outcomes from key stage 2 through to 16–19. The CDI is the custodian of the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, which you can use to help find and select a qualified career adviser for your school or college. They also run the annual UK Career Development Awards every March.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

CEGNET

An informal online community for teachers and careers professionals to 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.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector, bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers spanning education, health and social care. Their membership of over 300 organisations represents the full breadth of the disability sector. CDC supports professionals by delivering practical training, sharing knowledge and information and hosting online guidance and toolkits. This is in addition to supporting young people and their parents on a range of issues, including young people’s participation, to transition into adulthood. CDC works directly with the Government to shape policy outcomes affecting young people with SEND.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is a national charity. They are ‘disabled people leading change’, the largest pan-disability organisation of its kind in the UK. DR UK supports disabled people to take up education and employment opportunities and develop their careers through innovative projects and leadership programmes. It publishes its flagship Into HE and Into Apprenticeships guides each year, offers disability confidence training and consultancy and runs free professional development events for careers advisers. It also runs the unique Disabled Student Helpline as part of its strategic partnership with the Department for Education.

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.

Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation has a range of resources and training programmes to support you to ensure that learners with SEND achieve their aspirations. The specialist SEND site on the Excellence Gateway, their resources portal, hosts a range of free downloadable resources for practitioners, managers and leaders, including supporting learners with their careers in the employers and employability area.

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

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

LifeSkills 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.

nasen

nasen is a membership charity organisation supporting education professionals by providing resources and training to help meet and identify the needs of individuals with SEND. Their website resource library is designed to support both SENCOs, as well as teachers, other practitioners and support staff, to work effectively at a strategic level and practically in the classroom.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information and advice to adults and young people to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a ‘skills health check’, a course finder tool and access to independent careers advisers via a phone service and web chat, to support young people and adults to make informed choices about their career. The Government is committed to continued support of the National Careers Service and has committed to ensuring comprehensive careers information is hosted on its website.

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.

Natspec

Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Their website hosts information for professionals, ranging from leadership and management study programmes (including SEND workforce development) to working with employers.

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.

Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The Preparing for Adulthood outcomes are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. Ultimately, young people want to have full lives with choices about their future and control of their support.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from age 16-25 to 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education support to schools across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provides professional development opportunities for teachers and others working with young people, an online community and curated resources, including information about careers education relating to STEM occupations. They also run the STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes.

Talentino

Talentino is a career development company working across England in special and mainstream schools, and the strategic partner for SEND for The Careers & Enterprise Company. They train staff in schools to run effective careers programmes, including for young people with learning difficulties, and host professional development activities including an annual conference. Their approach has been summed up in the paper ‘The Same and Different: Putting Forward the case for Early Career Development for Young People with Learning Difficulties in Special Schools’, which can be read on their website.

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 Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector, including careers advisers and Careers Leaders working in schools and colleges. Their website contains lots of useful information and resources, including the popular ‘framework for careers, employability and enterprise education’, which provides learning outcomes from key stage 2 through to 16–19. The CDI is the custodian of the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, which you can use to help find and select a qualified career adviser for your school or college. They also run the annual UK Career Development Awards every March.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

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

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

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

The National Careers Service provides information and advice to adults and young people to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a ‘skills health check’, a course finder tool and access to independent careers advisers via a phone service and web chat, to support young people and adults to make informed choices about their career. The Government is committed to continued support of the National Careers Service and has committed to ensuring comprehensive careers information is hosted on its website.

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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education support to schools across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provides professional development opportunities for teachers and others working with young people, an online community and curated resources, including information about careers education relating to STEM occupations. 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.

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Career Development Institute (CDI)

The Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector, including careers advisers and Careers Leaders working in schools and colleges. Their website contains lots of useful information and resources, including the popular ‘framework for careers, employability and enterprise education’, which provides learning outcomes from key stage 2 through to 16–19. The CDI is the custodian of the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, which you can use to help find and select a qualified career adviser for your school or college. They also run the annual UK Career Development Awards every March.

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

CEGNET

An informal online community for teachers and careers professionals to 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.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector, bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers spanning education, health and social care. Their membership of over 300 organisations represents the full breadth of the disability sector. CDC supports professionals by delivering practical training, sharing knowledge and information and hosting online guidance and toolkits. This is in addition to supporting young people and their parents on a range of issues, including young people’s participation, to transition into adulthood. CDC works directly with the Government to shape policy outcomes affecting young people with SEND.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is a national charity. They are ‘disabled people leading change’, the largest pan-disability organisation of its kind in the UK. DR UK supports disabled people to take up education and employment opportunities and develop their careers through innovative projects and leadership programmes. It publishes its flagship Into HE and Into Apprenticeships guides each year, offers disability confidence training and consultancy and runs free professional development events for careers advisers. It also runs the unique Disabled Student Helpline as part of its strategic partnership with the Department for Education.

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.

Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation has a range of resources and training programmes to support you to ensure that learners with SEND achieve their aspirations. The specialist SEND site on the Excellence Gateway, their resources portal, hosts a range of free downloadable resources for practitioners, managers and leaders, including supporting learners with their careers in the employers and employability area.

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.

LifeSkills 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.

nasen

nasen is a membership charity organisation supporting education professionals by providing resources and training to help meet and identify the needs of individuals with SEND. Their website resource library is designed to support both SENCOs, as well as teachers, other practitioners and support staff, to work effectively at a strategic level and practically in the classroom.

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.

Natspec

Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Their website hosts information for professionals, ranging from leadership and management study programmes (including SEND workforce development) to working with employers.

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.

Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The Preparing for Adulthood outcomes are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. Ultimately, young people want to have full lives with choices about their future and control of their support.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from age 16-25 to 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.

Talentino

Talentino is a career development company working across England in special and mainstream schools, and the strategic partner for SEND for The Careers & Enterprise Company. They train staff in schools to run effective careers programmes, including for young people with learning difficulties, and host professional development activities including an annual conference. Their approach has been summed up in the paper ‘The Same and Different: Putting Forward the case for Early Career Development for Young People with Learning Difficulties in Special Schools’, which can be read on their website.

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

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

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

The National Careers Service provides information and advice to adults and young people to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a ‘skills health check’, a course finder tool and access to independent careers advisers via a phone service and web chat, to support young people and adults to make informed choices about their career. The Government is committed to continued support of the National Careers Service and has committed to ensuring comprehensive careers information is hosted on its website.

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.

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector, bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers spanning education, health and social care. Their membership of over 300 organisations represents the full breadth of the disability sector. CDC supports professionals by delivering practical training, sharing knowledge and information and hosting online guidance and toolkits. This is in addition to supporting young people and their parents on a range of issues, including young people’s participation, to transition into adulthood. CDC works directly with the Government to shape policy outcomes affecting young people with SEND.

Disability Rights UK

Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is a national charity. They are ‘disabled people leading change’, the largest pan-disability organisation of its kind in the UK. DR UK supports disabled people to take up education and employment opportunities and develop their careers through innovative projects and leadership programmes. It publishes its flagship Into HE and Into Apprenticeships guides each year, offers disability confidence training and consultancy and runs free professional development events for careers advisers. It also runs the unique Disabled Student Helpline as part of its strategic partnership with the Department for Education.

Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation has a range of resources and training programmes to support you to ensure that learners with SEND achieve their aspirations. The specialist SEND site on the Excellence Gateway, their resources portal, hosts a range of free downloadable resources for practitioners, managers and leaders, including supporting learners with their careers in the employers and employability area.

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.

LifeSkills 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.

nasen

nasen is a membership charity organisation supporting education professionals by providing resources and training to help meet and identify the needs of individuals with SEND. Their website resource library is designed to support both SENCOs, as well as teachers, other practitioners and support staff, to work effectively at a strategic level and practically in the classroom.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information and advice to adults and young people to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a ‘skills health check’, a course finder tool and access to independent careers advisers via a phone service and web chat, to support young people and adults to make informed choices about their career. The Government is committed to continued support of the National Careers Service and has committed to ensuring comprehensive careers information is hosted on its website.

Natspec

Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Their website hosts information for professionals, ranging from leadership and management study programmes (including SEND workforce development) to working with employers.

Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood programme provides expertise and support to local authorities and their partners to embed preparing for adulthood from the earliest years. The Preparing for Adulthood outcomes are based on what disabled young people say is important to them. Ultimately, young people want to have full lives with choices about their future and control of their support.

Prince's Trust

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

Talentino

Talentino is a career development company working across England in special and mainstream schools, and the strategic partner for SEND for The Careers & Enterprise Company. They train staff in schools to run effective careers programmes, including for young people with learning difficulties, and host professional development activities including an annual conference. Their approach has been summed up in the paper ‘The Same and Different: Putting Forward the case for Early Career Development for Young People with Learning Difficulties in Special Schools’, which can be read on their website.

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 was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

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 age 16-25 to 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education support to schools across the UK. The National STEM Learning Centre provides professional development opportunities for teachers and others working with young people, an online community and curated resources, including information about careers education relating to STEM occupations. 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 (BITC) 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 was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

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

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

LifeSkills 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 age 16-25 to 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 was established in 2015 in order to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work, by focussing on the creation of meaningful career opportunities and connections to employers. To do this, the Company has established a national network, connecting schools and colleges with employers and career programme providers. It is free to schools and colleges to join this network and receive a range of benefits, including support from an Enterprise Coordinator, match with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programmes. Signing up to the network also enables full access to career planning tools. Using Compass, schools can evaluate their activity with a confidential self-audit web tool created in partnership with Gatsby. With Tracker, you can build and manage your careers plan.

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

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides a number of programmes to support young people from age 16-25 to 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.

Personal guidance

Career Development Institute (CDI)

The Career Development Institute (CDI) is the UK-wide professional body for the career development sector, including careers advisers and Careers Leaders working in schools and colleges. Their website contains lots of useful information and resources, including the popular ‘framework for careers, employability and enterprise education’, which provides learning outcomes from key stage 2 through to 16–19. The CDI is the custodian of the UK Register of Career Development Professionals, which you can use to help find and select a qualified career adviser for your school or college. They also run the annual UK Career Development Awards every March.

Job Centre Plus school programme

Jobcentre Plus schools advisers work directly with schools to advise on work experience opportunities, routes into traineeships and apprenticeships and the local labour market, for the whole range of students. You can contact your local Jobcentre to find out how they can help students in your school.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service provides information and advice to adults and young people to support decisions on learning, training and work. The website contains job profiles, a ‘skills health check’, a course finder tool and access to independent careers advisers via a phone service and web chat, to support young people and adults to make informed choices about their career. The Government is committed to continued support of the National Careers Service and has committed to ensuring comprehensive careers information is hosted on its website.

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