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Supporting Employability in schools/Post-16

Employability in Schools/Post-16

Employers play a vital role in helping young people develop their employability skills so that they are better prepared to enter the world of work.

The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) Strategy for Education Services outlines eight benchmarks of good practice for schools/Post-16 to work towards known as the Gatsby benchmarks. These include:

1. A Stable Careers Programme
2. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
3. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
4. Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
5. Encounters with Employers and Employees
6. Experience of Workplaces
7. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
8. Personal Guidance

Engagement with employers will be essential in preparing young people and developing good practice in a school/Post-16.

The My Future, My Choice, My Island & Beyond also provides a Framework of learning outcomes for careers, employability and enterprise education as a practical resource for schools/Post-16.

From the student perspective, an employer delivering a session about employability will usually have a greater impact than a teacher.  Schools/Post-16 are keen to work closely with employers to ensure that young people are developing the right skills.

From an employer perspective, helping to raise aspirations and encourage the development of employability skills means that employers will benefit from a more skilled and motivated workforce for the future.

Employers can help out in a number of ways and many employers already support the Work Experience programme through GWEx. Contact one of our team to find out more about how you can support students to find out more about the world of work. 



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