This briefing provides an update on the Gatsby Foundation’s work on securing the next ten years of career guidance for young people.
The Gatsby Benchmarks were introduced in 2014, as part of the Good Career Guidance report which was based on international evidence of good practice in career guidance. Schools and colleges have made significant progress towards achieving the Benchmarks since their national adoption in 2018.
Given the changes to education and the labour market that have taken place since 2014 we’re now looking to the future and listening to the sector to ensure the Gatsby Benchmarks continue to have impact over the next ten years.
This briefing presents an interim update on this project and headline findings of an extensive consultation exercise, including a survey of 1,200 education and business stakeholders which found that:
- The Gatsby Benchmarks are universally supported - 94% see them as a valuable framework for career guidance.
- Every Benchmark is highly valued as part of the overall framework – the value placed on each of the eight Benchmarks individually ranges from 96% to 99%.
- The vast majority (88%) of secondary school and college leaders say that the Benchmarks have had a positive impact on their students.
We have heard that the Benchmarks are valued, have impact, and that stability going forward is critical. We have also heard lots of reflections about how to ensure career guidance continues to evolve to have even more impact on young people in the next decade.
To find out more about the Gatsby Benchmarks and Good Career Guidance: www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk