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As we look forward to the next academic year, I am excited to announce that we are now accepting bookings for our funded career workshops in 2024-25. Our free career workshops are designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge required for thriving in today’s competitive job market. 


I have included a link to our latest brochure outlining our workshops for KS3-KS5, which are available to book for next academic year. Within the flyer, you’ll also find highlighted workshops still open for bookings during this Summer term. 

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Please let us know the names of the schools/colleges that you support and we will confirm if they are eligible. We offer these funded career workshops to schools who receive higher than average levels of pupil premium funding/free school meals. We also support colleges and students on an individual basis. 


How to book? Click on the black badges located at the top of each programme page in the flyer. This will take you to the relevant webpage, then click the orange make an online button to submit a booking form. Our programmes are in high demand and some have limited spaces so book now to secure your spot! 

Why should you consider booking our funded workshops? 

  • No cost involved: Our workshops are completely free for your school and delivered by a trained facilitator.
  • Volunteer support: Our workshops are supported by volunteers who bring real-world insights and experiences to the table, ensuring that your students receive the highest quality of career guidance.
  • Flexible scheduling: We work around your academic calendar to find the best time for your students.
  • Gatsby Benchmarks: All our programmes align with Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Interactive learning: Engaging activities and discussions keep students actively involved.
  • Aligned with curriculum: Our workshops complement classroom learning, offering practical insights into various careers.

Teacher Feedback: “Brilliant environment, staffed well, led well, and engaged our young people fully. One short day has dramatically altered the way that our students are thinking aspirationally about their futures.

Why should you book your 2024-25 workshops now?

  • Stay ahead of the curve: Booking now allows you to secure preferred dates without having to compete for availability later, and ensures your students benefit from our workshops at the most opportune times during the academic year.

Early preparation: It allows you to plan your careers provision, well in advance, incorporating the workshops seamlessly into the curriculum. With workshops already booked, you can focus on other aspects of your teaching responsibilities without worrying about last-minute arrangements.

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