Schools selected for careers pilot

Professor Sir John Holman at the launch of the Career Benchmarks Pilot.
Professor Sir John Holman at the launch of the Career Benchmarks Pilot.

Schools and colleges in Northumberland have been selected to pilot a new national careers guidance framework.

Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington, and King Edward VI School in Morpeth have been chosen to pilot the new Careers Benchmarks project, designed to encourage the next generation of young people to make fully informed decisions and to begin to equip them with the skills employers need.

The Career Benchmarks Pilot was launched at the North East LEP’s offices in Newcastle by Professor Sir John Holman, who developed the eight benchmarks.

The pilot will involve two years of intensive careers activity with schools, colleges and local businesses as well as four years of data collection, gathered and analysed by an independent evaluator, who will report on the impact of the national pilot in terms of student outcomes and progression into higher education, apprenticeships or employment.

Sir John Holman said: “The north east has a very cohesive schooling community, with excellent networks, and is therefore an excellent region in which to run the pilot.

“Careers guidance has a very important part to play in social mobility, which is why I am so interested in it. If young people are not able to access high quality careers guidance in schools then where else are they going to get it?”

The pilot schools and colleges are currently auditing themselves against the benchmarks to accurately determine their starting points.