The Gatsby benchmarks, designed to ensure young people get the careers advise they need are upon us in good time. In today’s world, we see increased use of continuously developing communication technologies. Maintaining social and work networks, the current generation of 16-24 year olds, are technically savvy and face an ever expanding diversity of potential job roles and they often struggle to gain an understanding of, and experience in, their chosen field of work.
The DFE expects every college to begin to offer every learner at least two “meaningful encounters” with an employer each year and should meet this in full by the end of 2020. At least one of these “encounters” should be related to learners’ fields of study. This could for example involve students attending careers events, participating in CV workshops and mock interviews, mentoring, employer delivered employability workshops or business games and enterprise competitions.