Secondary schools

Our services to schools and academy trusts

Personal career guidance services for students
Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 3 and 8

speed networking with students

Speed networking event

We provide a flexible and bespoke menu of careers information, advice and guidance services for students which can help support you in working towards Gatsby Benchmarks.  This includes:

  • Individual impartial career guidance from a Level 6/7 qualified adviser, with supporting Career Development Plan
  • Career coaching for more vulnerable young people who need more intensive support*
  • Help with applications to FE/HE as well as local apprenticeship providers
  • Careers information and advice on vocational and academic pathways both 16 and 18+
  • Psychometric assessments with personalised feedback
  • Support for both students and their parents/carers on key transition stages and option choices
  • GCSE and A Level results day service to support students and staff
  • Bespoke workshops for Post 16 students (for example alternatives to higher education, digital job applications and interview preparation)
  • Attendance and contribution to Education Health Care reviews
  • Access to our Links4Careers webpages of resources

*Support4Progression: a flexible package of more intensive support for young people with additional needs working closely with school SEND and behavioural support teams.

Our additional support offer for careers-related services to help you achieve Gatsby Benchmarks 1-7:

  • Thematic curriculum days, careers conventions, events and industry days, enterprise days
  • Helping you to develop whole school approach in order to promote cross-school IAG
  • Providing a tracker system monitoring student career progression and capturing destination data required by Local Authorities.
  • Creating a school alumni system to track students following destination outcomes and support school aspiration building activities and events
  • Support schools to gain national accreditation with The Quality in Careers Standard in CEIAG
  • Run assemblies or training for staff on labour market trends and jobs of the future delivered by our LMI specialist
  • Advice and consultancy on providing careers and labour market information resources
  • Free monthly e-bulletin News4Careers covering local and national careers related news, events, resources and opportunities for students (subscribe via the website)
  • Access to our Links4Careers webpages of resources and curriculum materials

Encounters with employers
Gatsby Benchmark 2, 4 and 5

Our offer includes:

  • Facilitating employer-focused workshops, using local labour market information, for the benefit of schools, careers advisers and students
  • Supporting employers to ensure that they are making an effective contribution to school/employer partnerships
  • Providing employers to assist tutors and to deliver or support our workshops, careers fairs and our own employer-led activities.
building a giant tetrahedron

Building a giant tetrahedron

Our most asked for activities include:

    1. What’s My Line? a speed networking activity where groups of students interview working people to guess what line of work they are in. Broadens horizons and understanding about a wide range of skills needed for different jobs. Can be done with large cohorts including whole year groups as well as class-size.
    2. The Apprentice Challenge. Students work in small groups to design and create a product from given materials in a short time frame. An employer works with each group to give feedback on how well they work together as a team. Each team then pitches their product to ‘Lord or Lady Sugar’. Prizes for best pitch and most effective team.
    3. The Giant Tetrahedron. Students work together in groups to build a tall 20 ft structure. Develops leadership, team work, problem-solving and co-operation.
    4. How to Get on at Work. Students develop digital careers literacy and learn how to survive those all-important first few weeks at work. Supported by local business leaders and HR specialists.


I gained an understanding of some of the ways that careers information can be built into subject areas in an interesting and engaging way (Teacher, Dawn House)

Ideas4Careers’ enthusiasm, care, persistence and professionalism have contributed to our students receiving first class effective careers guidance and transitional support (Meden School)

Before the interview I couldn’t see a future and now I feel really positive about moving on. (Student, Kimberley School)

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