September Bulletin



The report looks at how successful the Gatsby Benchmarks have been amongst 750 Career Leaders in the UK since the introduction of the scheme in 2018.

Its headline message is that “substantial progress has been made by schools in embedding the role of the Careers Leader in secondary schools. There is evidence of momentum and early signs of impact.”

In detail, the most successful activities have been around: employing more people in schools as Career Leaders making them an “identifable workforce”. Career guidance is more of a priority in schools now with the amount of time spent on careers guidance doubling (from 7 to 14 hours a week). Career Leaders believe that they are having a positive impact on the education and career outcomes of young people and are positive about the future of career guidance in their school.

The key barriers to Careers Leaders being able to do the job effectively are time and resources. Half of Careers Leaders have less than a day a week to deliver careers guidance. A third of them have no additional budget for the role. The same proportion don’t have the necessary skills for the job and so can’t successfully embed careers guidance into the school curriculum. Buy-in from teachers across the school is also proving to be a significant challenge for nearly half of the Careers Leaders who were asked in this study.

Tanner, E., Percy, C. and Andrews, D. (2019). Careers Leaders in Secondary Schools: The first year. London: The Careers & Enterprise Company.

TES article about the job of the Careers Leader

The latest UK and European Youth Unemployment statistics:

…………Headline…………… The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 % in June 2019, down from 7.6 % in May 2019 and from 8.2 % in June 2018. The EU-28 unemployment rate was 6.3 % in June 2019, stable compared with May 2019 and down from 6.8 % in June 2018.

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…And check out September’s issue of The Psychologist online magazine which includes this article about how schools approach the teaching of mental health issues:

Making the link between good mental health in young people and them being able to make the right decisions and choices when it comes to their future and their careers is vital. Understanding how poor mental health in young people is equally important as they enter into the workplace. UMi’s Liz explores how stress affects millennials in the workplace in UMi’s latest article.

Useful Links

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. The website includes a useful skills checker tool:

Career Connect is a charity which provides high quality independent careers advice, information about jobs and self-assessment tools for different job roles:

OECD Youth Unemployment Statistics for a look at how the UK compares with other European countries:

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