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ASDAN centres selected to pilot national careers guidance framework


Seven ASDAN-registered centres in the North East have been selected to pilot a new national careers guidance framework, designed to encourage young people to make fully informed decisions and equip them with the skills employers want. 

Park View Academy, Harton Technology College, Kenton School, Berwick Academy, Castle View Academy, St Joseph’s Catholic Academy and Northumberland Church of England Academy are among 16 schools and colleges within the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area to participate in the Career Benchmarks Pilot, which was launched in Newcastle this week.

The national pilot will rigorously test the eight benchmarks for high-quality and effective careers guidance:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of work places
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

It will involve two years of intensive careers activity with schools, colleges and local businesses, as well as data analysis to assess the impact of the national pilot in terms of student outcomes and progression into higher education, apprenticeships or employment.  The focus will be on linking curriculum learning to careers, improving destinations and developing partnerships with employers. 

Sir John, Professor of Chemistry at York University, who developed the benchmarks, said: “Careers guidance has a very important part to play in social mobility, which is why I am so interested in it. If young people are not able to access high-quality careers guidance in schools then where else are they going to get it?“

Each school and college will produce an action plan, detailing how it will develop provision to meet the targets of the national pilot. The aim is to develop a new model for supporting schools and colleges than can be rolled out to other LEP areas nationally.

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