For Schools

For Businesses

Connecting Schools with Businesses

Schools, Colleges, SEND and PRU

Our schools and colleges build their careers polices, programmes and offers for their students in line with the 'Gatsby Benchmarks' framework - the national blue print for careers best practice . They ensure that their students receive the necessary careers information and guidance to understand the full range of options available to them to prepare them for their best next step and the world of work.

Businesses and Employers

Employers are vital to help bridge the gap between education and employment and there are lots of ways you can support young people and school leaders, provide personal development for your staff and identify new talent pipelines for employees. Your skills and knowledge can illuminate your sector showing young people the variety of options open to them in the future.

About Careers Hub

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub is the strategic arm of the Department for Education (DfE) responsible for improving the careers provision in schools and colleges for all young people to find their ‘best next step’.

Our role is to support the education system to connect into the world of work and build an intelligence led, inspirational careers provision that views school improvement through the lens of careers and builds a talent pipeline for business recruitment.

Every young person deserves the best possible start to their working life; to choose their path, fulfil their potential and contribute to a thriving economy.

By listening to business needs, factoring in local and DfE priorities, and working closely with Senior Leadership in schools, we make careers meaningful and impactful to young people, allowing them to learn and develop the skills direct from employers that allow them to get, keep and progress within the workplace. Careers Education informs their education and training choices to allow them to prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

This coordinated approach leads to improved transition and retention rates post-16, a reduction in NEET rates and ultimately in unemployment rates. It is the best way to close local, regional and national skills gaps, and is a key element for economic development both short and long term.

Priority 1: Raise the quality of careers provision in schools and colleges through system change through training for the education workforce, targeted support and quality assurance

Priority 2: Provide more high-quality experiences with employers for students and teachers – with a focus on current areas of need

Priority 3: Amplify apprenticeships, technical and vocational routes – including by supporting the implementation of the Provider Access Legislation (PAL)

Priority 4: Target interventions for economically disadvantaged young people Free School Meals (FSM) and those who face additional barriers

Priority 5: Connect careers provision in schools and colleges to the needs of local economies (as articulated through Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs))

Features, Advice & Social


Careers opportunities available to all schools in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

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Find out more about what has been happening in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub.

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A number of live events, workshops, webinars and CPD sessions available for businesses and Careers Leaders.

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What Schools Say About Us

Being part of the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub has been pivotal to the development of careers provision in our school. The Hub have shared good practice across their members resulting in a stronger focus on good quality provision. The annual event enabled the hub to share their vision of School Improvement Through The Lens of Careers and looking beyond the Benchmarks. It was a fantastic opportunity to share different models of school improvement and strategies to further develop careers provision to enhance the future opportunities of our young people.

Mrs A Spencer, John Taylor High School

What Businesses Say About Us

It it superb to be able to speak with local schools, colleges, and businesses in Stoke and Staffs and show how important the partnerships are to bring the skills of the future. Educating those who educate the ones shaping the aspirations of young people is essential for the industry to grow and be more sustainable.”

Alison Tucker, St Modwen