Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.

  • By the age of 16, every pupil should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
  • By the age of 18, or before the end of their study programme, every student should have had at least one further experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.

Resources to help achieve this benchmark:

ResourceDescriptionLinks & Downloads
1CEC Resources DirectoryCEC Gatsby Benchmark 6 overview and links to resourcesCEC Resources Directory
2Experiences of workplaces - Practical ideas for achieving Gatsby Benchmark 6This report provides practical insights from Careers Leaders about how to deliver meaningful workplace experiences for young people in secondary schools, colleges and special schools. It is targeted at schools and colleges seeking ideas for how to improve their provision.Download
3Making it Meaningful ChecklistThis checklist is designed to help Career Leaders ensure each encounter or experience is meaningful for all participants and will ensure quality and consistency to the activity. The checklist is specifically for use in careers activities involving an employer or FE/HE provider.Download
4Guidance on scoring online employer engagement in Compass The aim of this initial guidance is to support Careers Leaders, Enterprise Coordinators and Enterprise Advisers with the design of careers programmes for young people and specifically how to complete the Compass tool this term. Download
5Redefine experiences of the workplaceA guide to changing the way we deliver experiences of the workplace. How to achieve Gatsby Benchmark 6 more meaningfully and deliver positive student outcomes.Download
6Inspiring the Future VWEX GuideUsing Inspiring the Future to deliver meaningful experiences of the workplaceDownload
7Leading the Way- Karen Kelso, Career Leader at St Benedict's Catholic High School Benchmark 6Karen shares how they have achieved 100% in Gatsby Benchmark 6 at St Benedict’s Catholic High School Download
8London Enterprise Adviser Network Blue Print Virtual Experiences of the WorkplaceIn this Blueprint you'll see information on: 1. What is a virtual experience of the workplace? 2. What needs to be included? 3. How to run a virtual experience of the workplace with an example agenda. Download
9Disabled Workers Co-operative (D & I )A website for disabled job seekers to look for work and also for employers to advertise their jobs for free .Open
10Ulverston Victoria High School - Work Experience resourcesRead Joanne Adams Case Study 'Leading the Way' highlighting what UVHS have done in support of BM6 along with downloadable resources.Downloadable Case Study & Downloadable Resources

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