How to search for apprenticeship vacancies

Guidance for Year 12 and Year 13 students You should start looking for vacancies early as some employers start advertising in the summer of Year 12 or early autumn of Year 13 (for apprenticeships to start the following summer/autumn). Do also keep looking because some employers don’t advertise their vacancies until the summer of Year… Read more »


Job profile – Become a Forensic Scientist

Entry requires a good Honours degree in biology, chemistry, forensic science or a related subject. The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences accredits university courses so it might be worth looking out for these at an early stage. For degree entry you will usually require at least 2 A levels/3 H grades, including Biology and/or Chemistry,… Read more »


Careers in the Curriculum: Making Gatsby Benchmark 4 work for all staff is a marathon, not a sprint!

Speak to many careers practitioners working in secondary or further education regarding the challenge of achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks and the conversation will often return to the same topic – namely, the difficulties around hitting Gatsby Benchmark 4, otherwise known as embedding careers within the curriculum. Although the figures from the Careers and Enterprise Company’s… Read more »



Preparing to talk about University choice at the personal guidance interview

Careers Advisor

The Careers and Enterprise Company published a report last month called ‘Personal Guidance: What Works?’ written by Julia Everitt, Siobhan Neary, Marco Antonio Delgardo Fuentes and Lewis Clark. In this report, the personal guidance interview is discussed and it is suggested that preparatory worksheets or workbooks would be useful to help students get the most… Read more »


Finding your first job

Finding that first job can be tough. In a vicious circle of no experience, no job, no experience, where should you start? Something to talk about So, what have you done with your life so far? Perhaps you’re a busy achiever with activities each and every day. Or maybe you’re a quiet homebody who likes… Read more »


Primary careers why, who and how?

Primary careers

By Janet Colledge In November the CDI announced a new UKCDA award category, Primary School Careers Activity/Programme, sponsored by National Careers Week. Also, the Careers and Enterprise Company will be announcing their fund for development of primary school programmes and activities. This is in response to the provision of a £2m pot of money to… Read more »


Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo is our new complete, integrated solution for careers leaders, including modules for exploring careers, choosing university courses, managing work experience and lesson planning.  It has been designed to help Careers Leaders to meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance, which schools have been asked to start implementing from this September. Download this PDF… Read more »


Learning from career and labour market information – how you can support Gatsby Benchmark 2

David Andrews and Tristram Hooley The role of career and labour marketing information in careers programmes Career and labour market information sits at the heart of careers programmes in schools and colleges. It describes the world within which young people are going to pursue their careers. Careers programmes should help young people to gain a… Read more »


How are we helping your named Careers Leader meet the new statutory requirements?

The government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, formalised the expectation that all schools and colleges should have a named Careers Leader in place by September 2018. Schools should also start using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, including offering every young person seven encounters with employers, and they will be expected to… Read more »