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Creating long-term, sustainable employer partnerships

Careers guidance and curriculum learning should go hand-in-hand. Drawing on his work with the Unlocking Talent & Potential initiative, Gerard Liston advises on effective curriculum-careers links and employer partnerships

It may have taken a few months, but late last year the government finally responded in some detail to proposals from the House of Commons Education Select Committee about what is needed to improve careers guidance in schools.

Under the heading of “What should schools be doing?”, the government agrees with the Select Committee that “excellent careers education and guidance is about offering an age-appropriate variety of activities, embedded in the curriculum and delivered in collaboration with employers and other partners”.

This view is echoed in the Good Career Guidance report published by the Gatsby Foundation in 2014. Among the eight benchmarks established by this report is one recommending that “all teachers should link curriculum learning to careers”.

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