Gatsby Benchmarks

A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

Hampshire Futures can support you to:

  • understand statutory requirements and implement best practice for careers education in your school or college
  • keep up-to-date with changes to national careers policies and develop your careers strategy
  • improve your careers education programme and provide professional development support for school/college-based careers staff
  • gain the Careers Quality Standard (as recommend by the DfE for all state-funded schools)
  • benefit from our extensive links with local employers, and national & local organisations, for example: The Careers and Enterprise company, Local enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Hampshire Careers Partnership, and NCOP/HEON etc
  • access tailored NEET prevention programmes and post 16 destination reporting
Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities.

Hampshire Futures can provide:

  • access to impartial and up-to-date careers and labour market information via a suite of resources and programmes: E-Clips careers database, Morrisby psychometric assessments and careers profiling, The Careers Companion website for the school VLE and LMI For All app providing local, regional & national employment trends and salary data
  • a Level 6 qualified and impartial careers adviser to make best use of the information available
  • labour market and careers information explored at presentations, group work, and parent events
Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil.

Hampshire Futures can provide the school/college/students with:

  • meetings with students based on the schools needs assessments, prioritizing those students most in need of guidance.  Students receive personalized support tailored to their requirements
  • a written action plan, summarizing discussions and agreed action points at the end of every face-to-face, one-to-one guidance meeting with students
  • personal development mentoring and support for individuals or groups of identified students, and input at transitions / Education Health Care Plan reviews
  • presentations and group sessions on employability, enterprise, LMI, KS4 options, post 16 options, Higher Education, and apprenticeships
  • support at parent events, exam results days, and face-to-face meetings with parents
  • guidance for the school or college to ensure that equality and diversity considerations are embedded throughout their careers programme
Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

Hampshire Futures can:

  • provide support to teachers through briefings or inset days on linking their curriculum subjects with careers
  • signpost teachers and careers coordinators to resources which enable students to understand how subjects relate to employability and their aspirations
  • support careers coordinators to identify and record activities in school that provide evidence for this benchmark
  • provide guidance from a qualified and impartial careers adviser that explores the relevance of how learning in school relates to a student’s career ideas and aspirations
Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Hampshire Futures can support schools/colleges to:

  • coordinate a range of work-related learning activities including visiting speakers and visits to employers, enterprise activities & group work, arranging STEM fairs/activities and careers fairs with a range of local & national employers
  • support students to prepare CVs, job applications and develop their employability and interview skills through one-to-one or groupwork activities
  • provide mock interviews with local employers where students can receive valuable feedback on their CVs, written applications and performance at interview
  • promote the range of apprenticeship opportunities available through talks and activities with apprenticeship providers and apprentices
Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

Hampshire Futures can:

  • deliver a work experience programme tailored to the needs of your students, including best practice for supporting students to prepare for, reflect on and get the most benefit from their work experience placement
  • source local employers from a range of industries and carry out pre-placement health and safety checks to ensure the suitability and safety of each placement
  • provide guidance and support to schools and colleges on completing off-site visit paperwork and updating information on the Evolve database
Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

Hampshire Futures can support you to benefit from:

  • our extensive links with local training providers and higher education institutions and partnerships with HEON (Higher Education Outreach Network) & NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme)
  • our experience in arranging high quality careers fairs including FE, HE and STEM providers and supporting students to prepare for and get the most out of these events
  • one to one guidance and presentations/groupwork from qualified and impartial careers advisers on KS4 options, post 16, post 18, higher education, university and apprenticeship routes
  • our experience of delivering tailored NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) prevention programmes to meet the needs of individuals who are at risk of disengaging or becoming NEET
Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Our careers advisers are:

  • qualified to a minimum of post graduate Level 6, are members of the CDI (Careers Development Institute) and are eligible to be listed on the CDI UK Register of Career Development Professionals
  • receiving regular CPD to keep up-to-date with developments in education, training and employment
  • taking part in regular quality assurance activities and observations
  • impartial and experienced in supporting students to explore their ideas, raise their aspirations, and identify and plan how to achieve their goals
  • able to deliver careers guidance activities through one-to-one meetings with students and through groupwork / presentations
  • experienced in working with individuals in a range of educational settings including primary, KS3, KS4, SEND, Post-16, Further Education, secure settings, Pupil Referral Units/Education Centres, Adult and Higher Education