‘If young people know more about the range of careers open to people with the right qualifications, they will have a clearer idea of the routes to better jobs’
It’s National Careers Week (NCW) 2018!
For the second in our series of blogs for NCW, we take a look at the Gatsby report on ‘Good Career Guidance’ and highlight how using a combination of our products can help meet and exceed the eight benchmarks recommended in the report.
Gatsby Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme
Outstanding Directions helps create a stable careers programme by highlighting the need to:
- delegate responsibility to a single governor,
- have careers guidance as a fixed agenda point at governor’s meetings,
- create a ‘ring-fenced’ careers budget,
- employ a careers co-ordinator to co-ordinate careers activities and events, and to ensure the robustness of students careers aspiration data,
- ensure relevant staff have regular careers guidance training and are kept up to date on local labour market information
- involve parents/ guardians in career guidance activities and events
Outstanding Directions also includes survey tools to allow you to see how well the programme is understood by students, parents and teachers.
Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
Kudos contains career information on over 750 careers and has been designed to be easily understood by young people. It also helps students understand the sheer breadth of careers available to them; as it states in the Gatsby report, ‘good career guidance is important for social mobility as it opens students’ eyes to careers they may not have considered.’ However, too much choice can lead to anxiety and this is why CASCAID has developed tools to help students ‘discover’ careers. Kudos also contains the latest government-collected labour market information that matters most to students, such as projected opportunities, i.e. not the job situation as it is today, but what will it look like when they are ready to enter the world of work.
Kudos AD, our product aimed at adults, meets this benchmark in a similar fashion.
Gatsby Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
We agree that ‘advice and support should be tailored to the needs of each pupil.’
Kudos and Kudos AD all collect the users’ career aspirations and related data, such as intended destinations and future subjects.
CASCAID Manager has been designed to deliver the data that helps achieve exactly that. Both online and through printable reports, it provides the data that helps focus interventions, activities and events and make them as effective as possible.
Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers
Kudos includes the ability to investigate careers starting from a subject, so a STEAM teacher can start at their subject and show students the wide variety of careers the subject leads to. It also allows users to see the HE courses that lead to each relevant career.
Launchpad meets this benchmark in a similar fashion to Kudos but is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.
Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
Outstanding Directions directs the user to create a programme of visits by Employers, using students’ data to ensure attendance by students who will benefit the most. A follow-up programme should also be developed to ensure that learning and motivation are maintained.
Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces
Outstanding Directions directs the user to create a programme of visits to employers’ workplaces, again using students’ data to ensure attendance by students who will benefit the most and with an emphasis on a follow-up program to ensure that learning and motivation are maintained.
Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
Kudos includes a weekly update of UCAS HE Courses. These are linked to careers so each student can discover careers they are interested in and easily see which HE courses are relevant and where they can be studied.
It also contains the same benefit for student’s interested in FE courses as these are also linked to careers.
Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance
Kudos supports personal guidance by providing a printable report detailing each student’s career and qualification aspirations including HE course aspirations and skills.
Kudos AD provides the same benefit to its users.
CASCAID Manager allows teachers and careers advisers to access these reports to allow them fully understand the interests and aspirations of their users and help with those all-important follow-up meetings.
To find out more about how CASCAID products can help you meet and exceed the eight Gatsby benchmarks, download our free, handy eBook.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about the information contained in this article or would like further information about CASCAID’s full range of products and services, please get in touch.
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