Resources for schools & colleges

The information contained within this page is provided to help senior leadership teams, careers leaders and advisors to provide quality, aspirational and inspirational careers provision in schools and colleges. The guidance and information can help users to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools and colleges. 

As always, our team of Enterprise Coordinators are available to support you with both guidance on provision and employer engagement. Get in touch by contacting the Enterprise Coordinator in your area:

Milton Keynes & SEND Schools: Deb Foster
Northampton, South Northamptonshire & Daventry: Vikki Morton
Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire: Alexis Mcleod
Luton Careers Hub: Sajda Rauf 
Bedford & Central Bedfordshire: Peter Rayner
Independent Schools: Paul Thompson

Remote Resources

We have put together a list of websites that are useful remote resources for careers leaders, teachers and students. MORE

Careers Hub Luton Resources

The Careers Hub Luton have produced an excellent webpage featuring online resources that may be of use to careers leaders. This can be accessed by schools and colleges across SEMLEP, not just... MORE

ASDAN Lifeskills Challenge

ASDAN has various free resources for SEND schools, focused around their Lifeskills Challenge programme, an online bank of more than 1,000 challenges ranging from pre-Entry to Level 3. These... MORE

Barclays LifeSkills

Developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people, LifeSkills is completely free and has a range of SEND specific resources. MORE

EngineeringUK Annual Survey

The Engineering Brand Monitor is an annual survey carried out by EngineeringUK, and this year’s results provide cause for optimism, with the proportion of 16 to 19 year olds who would... MORE

CDI Careers Framework

This voluntary framework meets the need in England for a framework of desirable learning outcomes from careers, employability and enterprise education; but it could also be useful to schools... MORE

Work placements for students with SEND

The Right Place, Mencap’s project to widen access to work placements for students with SEND, includes an e-learning module outlining best practice in arranging and supporting a work placement... MORE

Ofsted Blog on Careers

Paul Joyce, our Deputy Director for Further Education and Skills, on why good quality careers education is so important. MORE

Safeguarding Virtual Encounters

Initial guidance from the Careers & Enterprise Company concerning safeguarding issues surrounding virtual encounters. MORE

University of Northampton: local support

The University of Northampton’s Schools Engagement Team works with never-ending determination to develop and offer a range of opportunities for all schools across the county... MORE

Find your Future

Central Bedfordshire’s careers guide and portal, where you can find out about the great career opportunities in the local area. MORE

RateMyApprenticeship Awards

The Outstanding Contribution to Apprenticeships award is open to Careers Leaders or Careers Advisers. You can also nominate your school or college for the Best Careers Programme award. Finally... MORE

Engineering Education Grant Scheme

Does your school or college run activities that improve wider understanding of engineering for students up to 19 years of age? If so, £5000 or more could be available as a grant to support... MORE

Aspire Higher Newsletter

The Uni Connect programme (formerly known as NCOP) is delivered across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire by Aspire Higher. They have a Hub website with useful resources and encourage... MORE

Manufacturing and Advanced Technology: SEMLEP information

Read about the South East Midlands labour market information for manufacturing and advanced technology.  MORE

Construction: SEMLEP Information

Read about the South East Midlands labour market information for construction. MORE

High Performance Technology: SEMLEP Information

Read about the South East Midlands labour market information for high performance technology. MORE

Logistics and Supply Chain: SEMLEP Information

Read about the South East Midlands labour market information for logistics and supply chain. MORE

Creative Industries: SEMLEP Information

Read about the South East Midlands labour market information for creative industires. MORE

Success at School for Parents

A useful resource for parents to access relevant labour market information. MORE

Success at School Career Zones

Students can find out all about the different jobs they can do, what to study and how to get there from this useful free resource. There are 33 industry sectors listed, from Accountancy to Transport... MORE

What new jobs will emerge in the 2020s?

This article looks at the growth and decline of occupations over the past decade and what we might expect in the 2020s.  IT-related professions grew the fastest, but less than 20% of jobs... MORE

Careerometer Widget

Careerometer is a freely available widget provided by the LMI for All service. It is an easy way to get access to labour market information on your own website. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 1: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme.  MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 1 - National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 2: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from labour market information MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 2: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from Labour Market Information. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 3: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of every pupil.  MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 3: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of every pupil.  MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 4: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers.  MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 4: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 5: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 5: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 6: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 6: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 7: Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 7: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Local Guidance

Information and advice collated by SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinator team to help schools and colleges achieve Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal guidance. MORE

Gatsby Benchmark 8: National Guidance

Information and advice from The Careers & Enterprise Company explaining how schools and colleges can achieve Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal guidance. MORE

Video Interview E-learning

PwC has developed a video interview e-learn session designed to give a useful insight into how best to prepare for a video interview. It will students understand what employers like PwC are... MORE

Live Broadcasts

Brought to you by the Amazing Apprenticeships website, these Live Broadcasts can be viewed on catch up at a time to suit you or your students. MORE

What’s your strength?

If your students struggle to identify their own strengths, then this innovative card game may be the answer. Priced at £25 per pack, it will involve some investment, however, downloading the... MORE

FutureTalentEd

This website provides access to a termly magazine, newsletters, digital tools and events to support Careers Leaders in delivering a world-class programme of careers guidance to young people.... MORE

National SEND Employment Forum

This community of practice brings together people who have a passion for making a difference to the lives of young people with SEND. Members have developed a library of resources that are accessible... MORE

Closing the Gap

In case you didn’t realise, you are making a difference. Whether you are a Careers Leader, a provider or an Enterprise Adviser, this report shows you are all impacting on the future of... MORE

Explore Health Careers

The Health Careers website has a fantastic page allowing students to explore the myriad of roles in this sector. It includes a free comprehensive Find Your Career quiz, which is similar to other... MORE

Emerging Jobs Report

Do you know what the top 3 emerging jobs are in the UK, or what the top 3 industries are for emerging jobs? This report produced using jobs data from LinkedIn makes interesting reading. MORE

Check into Hospitality

The Caterer.com have produced a 2020 guide to a whole range of careers in the hospitality industry. MORE

Careerpilot

Although this site has been developed for students in the South of England, it contains a lot of relevant LMI for our region too. MORE

SACU

Primarily aimed at 6th Form students, SACU have a whole host of tools to get students to research their future options. MORE

Learning in Lockdown

A virtual work experience programme for students aged 14-15. MORE

BSMS Virtual Work Experience

This course provides a 'virtual' work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the NHS before exploring the roles and skill sets of six different medical... MORE

Virtual Work Experience: Freeformers

A unique opportunity to gain work experience in a company that you might not normally get access to while highlighting the essential skills you might need.   MORE

Speakers for schools virtual work experience

Addressing the need for high quality work experience, in communities which often have a disconnect between the aspirations of young people and the presence of outstanding employers. MORE

The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club aims to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. The website includes useful information and resources... MORE

Feeding Britain’s Future Educator Hub

The Educator Hub is filled with free activities and lesson plans which can be shared directly with students to complete at home. All resources are designed to develop employability skills and... MORE

Covid-19 Safeguarding Guidance

The Careers & Enterprise Company has issued information for providers about virtual encounters, but this is also useful for schools and colleges. MORE

STEM Learning

A reminder that STEM Learning is a fantastic resource for teachers and parents. They have resources conveniently categorised for home learning or in-school activities. MORE

Benchmark 4 Video Case Studies

Gerard Liston is sharing weekly blogs on the Open Learning platform exploring how teachers have incorporated careers into their subjects. The 15-minute videos show how the project was created... MORE

Amazing Apprenticeships

The new Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for Schools Programme has been adapted to provide high-quality apprenticeship information in a safe, engaging way online. Resources are available... MORE

Young Professional Training

For students aged 14+ and studying at home, this free Young Professional training course from Youth Employment UK can boost their life and work skills. It includes modules on communication,... MORE

Founders 4 Schools Digital response

Founders 4 Schools continue to host regular career role model events, with up to three 10-minute sessions being offered online each week.  The sessions are aimed at students and feature... MORE

Finding Your Future

The DFN Foundation and the National Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Employment Forum (NSEF) have joined forces to launch the ‘Finding Your Future’ campaign. It features... MORE

SEND resources for home education

This initial list of SEND resources, published by the government, has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of trusted organisations... MORE

Amaze

Featuring free factsheets for parents/carers of students with SEND, including items about diagnosis, education, health and money, this resource contains a wealth of useful information. MORE

Jobs in Star Wars That You Could Actually Do

Encouraging young people to look at careers information while at home may be challenging, so how about this fun little blog of 5 Star Wars jobs they could actually do. MORE

Careermag for parents

Issue 3 of this online resource for parents contains useful information about various career sectors, including the motor trade, pharmacy and accountancy. MORE

Ask an Employer

Northamptonshire students submited questions to a panel of Enterprise Advisers, who were videoed giving their answers. The first videos on the themes of Interviews and CVs can now be distributed... MORE

My Environment My Future

The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust have launched a competition to inform students about the opportunities in the surveying, engineering and construction sectors. Each school will receive... MORE

Apprenticeship stories

Apprentice Futures have released several short videos featuring young people talking about why they chose an apprenticeship. MORE

Summer of Animation

The Summer of Animation is here to help 13-18 year olds across the UK make a 3D animated film this summer and enter a competition to find the best young animator. There is also the opportunity... MORE

Employability Skills Toolkit

PwC has developed an employability skills toolkit for delivery to students aged 13 to 18 by teachers or parents. Each module comes with a lesson plan, a facilitator guide and a presentation. MORE

National Careers Service

The telephone and webchat careers advice is available to anyone aged 13 and over via the National Careers Service. This can be used by students or their parents/carers and is free of charge. MORE

Learn Lounge

This website features live and interactive careers talks, completely free to attend. If students can’t watch live, all talks are available on-demand. MORE

Careers Leader Training

The Institute for Employment Studies has now published an evaluation of the funded CEC Careers Leader training. The results are very positive and Careers Leaders may want to share aspects of... MORE

Pathway CTM

This is an award-winning Pre-Employment Programme for Students from Year 11 to Year 13. Students get access to weekly interactive employer-led webinars, regular emails notifying of company opportunities... MORE

Careers Mag for School Leavers

The latest edition of Careers Mag includes sector features on the music industry and digital careers. MORE

Women in Engineering

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, the BBC’s Newsround webpage published a range of articles and videos about all the amazing things female engineers have done and continue... MORE

Future Talented Magazine

The latest edition is now available online. The articles include Q&As with employees linking a subject to their careers. MORE

Anglian Water STEM Activities

Anglian Water have made twelve of their STEM activities available online for Key Stage 2-3 students. These lessons are for self-study and exploration at home. The activities help pupils think... MORE

INSPiRED Teenager Facebook programme

INSPIRED Teenager is an innovative digital community learning approach which aims to enable parents/careers and their teenagers across the UK to work through the INSPiRED Teenager programme... MORE

National Citizen Service

The NCS has launched a digital hub focussing on skills and life lessons which young people can take part in. Various free online workshops and sessions are available and the NCS is keen to build... MORE

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise have a range of digital career toolkits for parents, teachers and youth workers which contain activities for students to complete at home. YE are also offering their Tenner... MORE

Free Minecraft STEM activity

Enginuity have created a virtual world to discover and attract future engineers by using Minecraft and the education edition is free to play. The game, set in an electric car showroom and factory... MORE

Skills Builder Universal Framework launched

Skills Builder Universal Framework has been launched to create a focus on essential skills which is shared by leading organisations in the world of education and skills. The framework offers... MORE

Meaningful Learning Experiences

Gerard Liston’s CPD toolkit is a useful resource which is continually being added to. It contains various information for careers leader CPD and resources for delivering Gatsby BM4. MORE

Experiences of Workplaces - New Report

This Careers and Enterprise Company report is filled with ideas for delivering meaningful workplace experiences, through hearing how other schools and colleges have achieved success. The report... MORE

BAE Systems - Remote Learning

BAE Systems are passionate about promoting STEM and understand the importance of home learning. Consequently, they have developed a range of learning resources to help you teach your children... MORE

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