CEC: Personal Guidance Fund


Ideas 4 Careers

Hello Colleagues                                                                                                                12 June 2018

CEC: Personal Guidance Fund

You may have heard recently that the Careers Enterprise Company (CEC) have published the Personal Guidance Fund. They are looking to maximise the impact of personal guidance by funding new approaches and great practice that can be scaled up through the £2.5m fund to clusters of schools and colleges. These projects will be used to develop case studies to showcase successful and affordable delivery of Gatsby Benchmark 8:

Gatsby Benchmark 8:

  • At least one guidance interview by age 16 carried out by a qualified person
  • A further interview by age 18

Interviews should be delivered by a registered career guidance professional with training to Level 6 or above.


Ideas4Careers are well placed to plan, co-ordinate and deliver these new projects and we will be submitting a bid for this fund.  Therefore, we will be looking to work with clusters of interested schools or colleges. There are two phases to the application for funds:

Phase 1: scale and develop existing planned activity, must not duplicate what is already happening in school or replace an existing post-holder or recent post-holder, CEC will only fund additional activity (closing date 8 June 2018)

Phase 2: Develop new personal guidance activities (closing date 30 November 2018)

Key areas might include but are not restricted to:

  • Technology: how technologies can be used to deliver/support personal guidance
  • Different ways of working that improve cost-effectiveness and impact of personal guidance
  • Preparation and feedback eg use of self and competence assessments prior to guidance work; integration with the pastoral support system
  • Combining personal guidance with other Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Upskilling of support staff and other staff eg teachers involved in supporting guidance

Ideas4Careers are looking to enter a bid for PHASE 2.

Why should schools or colleges be interested in this? It will enable you to meet the Gatsby Benchmark 8 and will be funded for one academic year starting September 2019. The fund will also cover some staff training for schools in relation to supporting careers work.

What would you need to do to commit to being involved in the project?  You would need to confirm that:

  • You have appointed a named Careers Leader
  • Completed the Compass self-assessment tool
  • Registered interest in /have joined Enterprise Adviser Network
  • Making progress towards publishing details of their careers programme on their website
  • Making progress towards publishing a policy statement setting out their arrangements for education and training providers to access all pupils in Y8 – Y13 for the purpose of informing them about technical qualifications or apprenticeships.

The above would need to be in place by September 2018.

We are inviting all schools we already have an existing partnership/relationship with to be part of this cluster – ideally, we are looking for up to 14 schools/colleges from the 50 that we currently work with.

Action needed: We are looking for confirmation of your interest at this stage. Our plan is to visit each school initially to talk through what is involved, discuss potential ideas and any training needs you may have and how you would benefit. We aim to do this throughout June and July so that we can name our cluster of schools by the end of September and we will hold a briefing session for interested parties.


For further information or to register your interest please contact:

Michelle Taylor on 07717360114 or email michelle@ideas4careers.co.uk



Career Development Institute Member