The Government’s careers strategy, published on 4 December 2017, sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aim set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duties to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships and the new duty to publish information about the careers programme on the school website

Government guidance can be found here.

The eight benchmarks are

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and market labour 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


Careers programme information

From September 2018, schools must publish information about the school’s careers programme. This information must relate to the delivery of careers guidance to year 8 to 13 pupils in accordance with Section 42A of the Education Act 1997. For the current academic year, they must include:

  • The name, email address and telephone number of the school’s Careers Leader
  • A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme
  • How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils
  • The date of the school’s next review of the information published

Read the statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers for more information.


How can The IMI support you?

We are an impartial careers service for the Automotive Industry offering CEIAG. We are very excited to be awarded the MATRIX standard of CEIAG for the second time running and received great feedback on our resources, social media activity and links with supporters and the industry.

Did you know?

  • The Retail Automotive Industry covers every role from a vehicle leaving the production line to the moment it gets scrapped
  • There are 150+ job roles available in the Automotive Industry
  • Workplaces include: office, workshops, reception, parts department, showroom and mobile
  • Over 570,000 people are employed in the UK Automotive Industry
  • Salaries range from around £9k per year as an Apprentice to over £100k per year+ as a Dealer Principal


We are also delighted to be able to support schools with careers fairs, assemblies and workshops for more information please visit our Schools, Teachers and Careers Advisers section of our website.



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