Careers Guidance Success Celebrated at London Event

The Academy is proud to be involved in a national initiative to transform the way schools deliver career programmes across the North East.

To celebrate the success of the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks Pilot and look to the future, the Gatsby Foundation welcomed career leaders, headteachers and key individuals from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to an event at the British Academy, London.

The event was a chance to highlight the excellent work of the 16 schools and colleges who piloted the benchmarks and to collate some learnings from the two-year pilot. Discussions concentrated on important next steps for embedding the benchmarks in schools and colleges across England.

Lord Sainsbury, who spoke at the event, expressed his thanks and his awe at the hard work and determination of the people in the room who ensured the North East pilot had such a positive impact.

Sir John Holman, who was commissioned by Gatsby to map out what good career guidance should look like in the UK and subsequently developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, said:

“This occasion showcased the national importance of the pilot and confirmed that career leaders and headteachers from the North East pilot will be key players in Gatsby’s future work. It was a wonderful day, full of uplifting stories about the people who really matter – young people starting out in life.”

Ryan Gibson, National Facilitator for the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks Pilot at the NE LEP, said:

“The programme has been transformational in terms of improving students’ access to careers education and helping them develop the skills employers need.

“The initiatives the North East LEP has developed as part of the Career Guidance Benchmarks pilot have improved collaboration between the business community and the education sector, as well as provide teaching staff with workplace training and personal development opportunities to better equip them with the knowledge and skills to provide effective careers advice to students.”


NCEA’s Careers and Employability Manager, Mark Fox, said:

“From World of Work careers fairs to work experience placements and close links with industry, the pilot has had a massive impact on careers advice in the Academy.

“At the recent Young Enterprise Presentation, we had three students from JBVI who had never done anything like that before, but who stood up in front of 150 VIPs and talked about their experiences of an 18-month employability skills course. It was a very proud moment.

“Sixth form student, Jerry Garratt, also has a regular work experience placement at Koast Radio and now has his own show.

“Careers leads from pilot schools have been asked to be Gatsby advocates and start spreading the word about the eight benchmarks around the North East first, then further to the rest of England. It is widely anticipated that the benchmarks will form a cornerstone of the new national careers strategy due out before the end of the year.”

Find out more and see some of the pilot’s work in action at the Academy here:




Find out more about careers advice at NCEA HERE