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From Outreach to Intake- Employer Standards for Careers Education

November 12, 2023

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The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) has today launched its new publication, ‘From Outreach to Intake- Employer Standards for Careers Education’.

The report and press release are available on CEC’s website.

The report draws together insights from more than 340 businesses who have participated in CEC’s Employer Standards framework, a new self-assessment tool designed to help businesses raise the quality of their outreach with education, evaluated against nine evidence-based standards. Participating businesses, who together employ more than 1 million people and include national organisations such as BAE Systems, Tesco, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG, Coca Cola, Morgan Sindall and Thatcher’s Cider, have reported on the business benefits and impact of education outreach.

Summary of key insights from the report:

Insight 3: The Standards are highlighting common challenges around supporting the interview and application process and the engagement of parents/carers. Helping young people understand and prepare for the full range of application processes shows most scope for improvement, aligning with what students say about where they need support. Employers that engage parents in their careers outreach report additional benefit in their efforts to attract young talent and recruit. These employers are 30% more likely to say their outreach is helping them close skills gaps versus employers that don’t engage parents.

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