North Yorkshire Schools Benefit from Investment in Quality Careers Guidance

ENSURING our young people have access to excellent careers guidance and meaningful encounters with the world of work is one of our priorities here at the LEP.

Three schools involved in the successful North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Careers Guidance in Schools project Putting The Learner First – Progression for Success, which was co-funded by the LEP, have been awarded a Careers Quality Award. Harrogate High School, Outwood Academy Ripon and Thirsk School and Sixth Form College have been successful in transforming their Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG).

The Progression for Success project has developed a programme to support schools to achieve a quality assured standard of careers guidance, which is recognised by Careers England. 21 schools in our area are participating by working towards a quality mark and embedding a complimentary employer engagement strategy to better link careers to the curriculum.

The project encourages engagement with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers Guidance which identifies different dimensions of good career guidance which schools should deliver. These include the stability of school careers programmes; access to career and labour market information, and exposure to employers, workplaces and further education.

It is anticipated that the Gatsby Benchmarks will be included as success measures in new statutory guidance for schools expected to be published by government.