For Schools

For Businesses


August 8, 2022

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The Gatsby Foundation has developed The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers to give employers, in particular SMEs, a clear understanding of the education and skills landscape in England. It provides an overview of the system and describes 20+ options for how businesses may engage with the education and skills landscape – with young people, adults, and the wider skills system – and the benefits of doing so for employers. These options are grouped into five categories for ease of reference: Supporting students; Supporting high-quality teaching; Providing workplace experience; Providing expert guidance; Work-based learning. Within these categories the 20+ opportunities include options that will support careers education for young people. The CEC has supported the development of The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers, alongside other key stakeholders including BCC, CBI, FSB, IOD and DfE.

The CEC has also been developing a set of Employer Standards for Careers Education to support employers (both experienced and new to engaging with careers education) to understand and deliver best practice in careers education for young people in secondary schools and colleges. The Employer Standards will describe opportunities to support careers education using the common categories and options within The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers, so employers can clearly see how their work to support careers education fits within the landscape, and these two resources can best work together.

In order to support the overall picture of the education and training system its a useful guide for both schools and business to look at “The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers”. It can help to determine which engagement options best suits business and what to prioritise.

Education-Landscape-Guide-June-2022.pdf (

For employers seeking to engage with careers education in secondary schools and colleges,  the Employer Standards (once launched beyond the initial Cornerstone 100 Pilot – expected in Academic Year 2022/2023) will help to understand what best practice looks like and what  resources and further support ias available to help to achieve gold standard.

The Employer Standards and The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers will also cross-reference to each resource.



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