For young people

Careers Guidance Services

Inspiring careers: helping you to help your students

Good careers guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations, make informed choices and capitalise on the opportunities open to them. It is also key to delivering technical education reforms and supporting social mobility. We work with schools and colleges to make sure they have the necessary expertise to advise their students.

As a long-established, accredited provider of careers guidance services, Education Development Trust can help schools and colleges wanting the best for their students. Our flexible approach ensures schools are able to choose the right services and meet statutory requirements to provide independent, impartial careers advice and guidance for students in Year 8 and above.

Contact our Careers Guidance Services team

Why us? 

We have been delivering careers advice and guidance and careers consultancy to schools and colleges since 1996 and we are proud of our personalised, evidence-informed approach. We are Matrix-accredited for the quality of our information, advice and guidance services.

Our work encourages and empowers young people to make informed decisions about their learning and career pathways. We work with schools and colleges to develop a stable careers programme that addresses each student’s needs; we facilitate encounters with employers and employees as well as with further and higher education and we are experts at linking curriculum learning to careers. We are proud of our gold-standard service:

  • Our careers advisers are professionally qualified to level 6 and undertake continuous professional development to maintain their knowledge and skills
  • Our staff use the latest labour market data to inform their practice
  • We are a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI)

Value for money

In addition to purchased services, schools receive:

  • Free CHOICES magazine aimed at Year 11 students
  • Termly school letter with essential updates
  • Invitation to a CEIAG networking event each term
  • A partnership agreement
  • Mid-year report which also includes summarised feedback from students
  • Annual evaluation at the end of each academic year
  • An introduction to ULAS, an innovative free employability tool that bridges the gap between schools and employers
  • Access to bespoke and current labour market information and careers-related resources for staff through our Inspiration Portal.

A trusted partnership

We assign a dedicated Contracts Manager to each school and college to work together with schools on a detailed CEIAG delivery plan. We are responsive to each schools' needs and provide regular feedback reviews and evidence of impact. We can demonstrate a proven track record with a range of schools and colleges.

Our evidence-informed approach

Our range of services are underpinned by the eight Gatsby benchmarks* and we support schools and colleges to achieve:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

*Good Career Guidance, Gatsby

What we can deliver

We provide a clear pricing structure in the form of a daily rate. We work collaboratively to design a package of services that precisely meets the careers needs of each school or college. Below is a list of activities we can support that help schools meet the statutory guidance.

Outcome for young person

Tailored careers guidance to meet the needs of learners with LDD with particular focus on chosen pathways, parental information sessions, and organisation of visits and support with applications. Students can also be supported in review meetings and at transition meetings.

Benefits for school/college

Successful transition for SEND students and those students at risk of disengaging.

Suggested delivery time

Tailored to individual needs.

Outcome for young person

Young people are better prepared for the world of work and able to make informed and realistic career management choices.

Benefits for school/college

Improved participation and destination measures.

Suggested delivery time

Up to 1 day plus preparation.

Outcome for young person

Encourages parental involvement. Personalised understanding of the range of options for students.

Benefits to school/college

Increases links with community and encourages a holistic approach.

Suggested delivery time

Minimum of half a day.

Outcome for young person

Key messages and up-to-date relevant information. An awareness of the world of work and career opportunities leading to better engagement.

Benefits to school/college

Provides evidence of good practice for Ofsted. Supports positive progression into post-16 options.

Suggested delivery time

Up to 4 sessions per day.

Outcome for young person

Young person is aware of their options and is able to make an informed decision. They will receive a personalised action plan. Encourages social mobility by raising aspirations, confidence and self-esteem.

Benefits to school/college

Successful transition into education, employment and training and meeting RPA standards.

Suggested delivery time

Up to 8 interviews per day.

Outcome for young person

Opportunity to learn about options engaging with education, employers and training providers to raise aspirations.

Benefits to school/college

Engagement and access to local labour market.

Suggested delivery time

1 day depending on size plus preparation time.

‘My careers adviser helped me a lot and I feel more confident about my career choice.’

Student, Year 11

‘Education Development Trust played a key part in helping us prepare for a successful Ofsted careers-based visit.’

Assistant headteacher, Hillingdon School

Contact the Careers Guidance Services team



North: 0191 301 3800
South: 01329 599 170