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Inspiring Careers Programme

Helping learning providers to help their students


We know how important it is that young people receive expert, informed advice and guidance, as they make the critical transition from school to further learning and employment and we know what works in delivering this. Our Inspiring Careers Programme works with with schools, to not only deliver careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) to young people but also support with work experience placements, consultancy (including the Quality in Careers Standard), tracking and data reporting services. Our programmes are bespoke-designed to help schools and colleges meet their statutory responsibility for careers and to achieve the benchmarks established as guidance by the Gatsby Foundation.

Our impact

  • 18,700 students supported by us each year
  • 99% students were happy with the support they received
  • 900+ education practitioners reached

Why Use Us

We have been delivering careers advice and guidance to schools and colleges since 1996 and we are proud of our personalised, evidence-informed approach. We are Matrix-accredited for the quality of our information, advice and guidance services. We are proud of our gold-standard service:

Value for money

In addition to the services purchased, learning providers will receive:

  • Free CHOICES magazine aimed at Year 11 students
  • Termly school letter with essential updates
  • A partnership agreement
  • Mid-year report which also includes summarised feedback from students
  • Annual evaluation at the end of each academic year
  • Access to bespoke and current labour market information and careers-related resources for staff through our Inspiration Portal.

A trusted partnership

  • We assign a dedicated Contracts Manager to each school and college
  • We can work together to plan CEIAG in your school, resulting in a detailed delivery plan
  • We are responsive and provide regular feedback reviews and evidence of impact
  • We can demonstrate a proven track record with a range of schools and colleges.

Our evidence-informed approach

  • Our range of services are underpinned by the eight Gatsby benchmarks*; we will support learning providers to achieve:
    1. A stable careers programme
    2. Learning from careers and labour market information
    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    5. Encounters with employers and employees
    6. Experiences of workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance
    *Good Career Guidance, Gatsby
Benefits of this programme

  • Our careers advisers are professionally qualified to level 6 and undertake continuous professional development to maintain their knowledge and skills
  • Our staff use the latest labour market data to inform their practice
  • We are a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI)
  • Shared knowledge, learning and practice from a breadth of careers contracts

A fantastic service. We're very pleased with all the guidance our students have been receiving. The organisation is excellent and all the staff are super helpful and friendly.
Inspiring Careers Programme participant

Our Services

We offer a broad range of services including:

Personal guidance

Our one-to-one careers sessions and group work activity encourages and empowers young people to make informed decisions about their learning and career pathways. Our impartial careers advisers, professionally qualified to level 6, use the latest labour market information to inform their practice and actively undertake continuous professional development to maintain their knowledge and skills. We have experience in supporting students from a wide range of schools and colleges including SEND and alternative provision, both in face to face and virtual settings.

Work Related Learning, including work experience

Opportunities to engage with employers can help young people look beyond education to gain an understanding of the world of work and the skills required in today’s labour market. We deliver a range of activities:

  • Work experience
  • Health & safety visits for self-sourced placements
  • Employer talks, activities, projects and visits
  • Careers fairs and other careers events
  • Employability sessions
  • Work shadowing
  • Workplace visits

Our model is flexible, our activities can be face-to-face, virtual or a combination of the two. We can offer a full range of support or more minimal input using our expertise to ensure an appropriate level of support is provided.

Careers consultancy and Quality in Careers Standard

We provide careers consultancy to support schools, colleges and other learning providers as they navigate the careers world, both in the UK and internationally. Our consultancy is bespoke to their needs and supports them to achieve the eight Gatsby Benchmarks and beyond. We know that a good careers programme is critical, if young people are to raise their aspirations and reach their potential. We are also a national licence holder for the Quality in Careers Standard, certified by the Quality in Careers Consortium and strongly recommended by the Department for Education. The Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). We support schools and colleges with initial accreditation and reaccreditation. We can assess their readiness to work toward the Standard and provide ongoing consultancy as they compile evidence and develop their provision.

Data management and tracking services

As part of our data management and tracking services, we can help track and analyse career outcomes data to see how young people are progressing in their career, measure the effectiveness of careers guidance programmes and make changes accordingly. Our tracking, follow-up and data reporting services can be tailored to meet the needs of each learning provider and we can help them to keep a comprehensive and accurate record that supports students’ development. The data can be used for both Ofsted inspections and for marketing purposes.

Got a question?

If you would like to talk to a member of the Inspiring Careers Programme team, get in touch with us.

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