Case study

Careers services for schools

We have an excellent track record in delivering high quality careers services for schools, colleges and other organisations for more than 20 years. Through our evidence-informed practice we help to bridge the gap between education, training and the world of work for young people in London, the south east, the south west as well as the north east, Cumbria, Yorkshire and the Humber.

The challenge

Following the enactment of the Education Act 2011 and the more recent publication of the UK government’s careers strategy in 2017, increased responsibility has been placed on schools to embed a culture of careers and work readiness into their core curriculum, using as guidance the benchmarks established by the Gatsby Foundation. Education Development Trust’s Inspiring Careers offer provides tailored solutions for schools, colleges and others looking to grow and enhance their careers programmes.

Our approach

We offer a range of high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) services to schools, delivered on a bespoke basis to provide support based on the needs of individual schools and colleges. Examples of some of these activities include:

  • Careers IAG and employability skills sessions

Our advisers deliver one-to-one interviews, group careers and employability skills workshops, parents' evenings and tailored transition support for vulnerable students and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Our young people’s guidance teams delivered more than 70,000 interventions in the last three years. In 2016, 97% of students rated our interventions as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.

  • Supporting schools with careers provision 

Our specialist consultants provide careers curriculum expertise and CPD that supports schools and colleges to assess, plan and develop their CEIAG strategy and provision and to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard through Investor in Careers.

  • Experiencing the world of work

Our Inspiring Encounters work-related learning team support schools and colleges to provide students with ‘experiences of work’ including employer visits, mock interviews, careers events and our end-to-end work experience placement programme. We maintain a database of more than 3,500 employers and recognise the importance of effective and proactive partnership with schools and employers in delivering our services. We arranged more than 5,000 work experience placements for students in the last three years and we also hold the Fair Train Work Experience Gold Standard.

We provide expert tracking and data management services to local authorities to help them meet the Department for Education’s reporting requirements. We continue to support local authorities to achieve some of the lowest NEET (young people not in education, employment or training)/Not Known figures and highest participation rates nationally.

  • Training for aspiring and ambitious careers leaders

In 2018 we launched our new OCR-accredited assessment centre. This delivers full or partial certificates and diplomas at both Level 4 and 6 in Careers Information and Advice, Career Guidance and Development, Careers Leadership and Career Guidance Theory. Through this, we are nurturing future careers guidance professionals and developing the very best career leaders of schools and colleges for the future.

Our impact

11,000 students were supported in the academic year 2016 /17 with 99.4% of students feeling clearer about their future after working with our careers advisers. Young people are supported in a range of settings including those in specialist, independent and alternative education provision.