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The Department for Education's careers strategy was published in December 2017, setting out a series of measures to be implemented during 2018-20 to improve careers guidance in England.

Alongside the strategy, the DfE published accompanying statutory guidance that provided more details on how schools are expected to deliver the new expectations. These expectations included:

  • every secondary school should have a designated careers lead with the skills to deliver a role that the DfE plans to define
  • secondary schools should offer every young person seven encounters with employers - at least once each year from Years seven to 13
  • secondary schools offer pupils encounters with STEM employers
  • every secondary school and college meets the Gatsby Benchmarks for careers programmes.
Careers and Enterprise Company

Set up by the department in 2014, the Careers and Enterprise Company's (CEC) role is to link schools and colleges to employers and support them in delivering against the Department's careers strategy. You can access the latest news, updates and support from the CEC here.

Latest news

Good career guidance: perspectives from the SEND sector

The Gatsby Foundation has published new guidance about using the Gatsby Benchmarks for students with SEND. The guidance gathers together the views of leading practitioners and national experts to describe how they have successfully used the benchmarks to deliver better career guidance for students with a wide range of needs and disabilities. The guidance looks at case studies and experiences from many different types of provision, from residential schools and specialist colleges to mainstream schools. 

Secretary of state confirms additional resources for careers guidance in schools

The secretary of state confirmed that the DfE will be expanding the number of training places available to support the new careers leaders in schools from 500 places to 1,300.

It will also be expanding the number of areas with 'careers hubs' from 20 to 40. Careers hubs consist of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education. All careers hubs will have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education.

The funding to support the expansion will be in addition to the funding already confirmed as part of the careers strategy last year.

DfE confirms launch of new apprenticeship campaign

The DfE has launched a new campaign to promote apprenticeships among young people, parents and employers. The ‘Fire it Up' campaign is aiming to help raise awareness of the apprenticeship options available for people of all ages and backgrounds. The new campaign includes national TV and social media adverts, and a new website providing advice and information

Alongside this. the DfE has confirmed that it will write to the largest school trusts who have not published information on their website about how they will ensure providers of vocational education are able to talk to pupils in their schools. The government is also writing to local authorities to remind schools about the requirement to promote and detail the full range of information about different career paths that are open to them.

First published 15 November 2019