The Better Learners, Better Workers (BLBW) programme helps schools to meet the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks which set out what good careers guidance looks like. The Gatsby Benchmarks are fundamental to the Department for Education’s careers strategy published in December 2017: ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’.
The BLBW programme addresses six of the Gatsby Benchmarks as set out below:
|2. Learning from career and labour market information
|BLBW gives Ambassadors and their parents access to accurate, timely information about future study options and labour market opportunities.
|3. Addressing the needs of each student
|BLBW Business Champions mentor individual Ambassadors, providing advice and support relevant to Ambassador’s particular interests, strengths and weaknesses.
|4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
|BLBW links the subjects the Ambassadors are learning at school and their interests with future career opportunities through employer encounters and carefully designed Skills Matter events.
|5. Encounters with employers and employees
|BLBW offers multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and business challenges.
|6. Experiences of workplaces
|Every BLBW Ambassador has first-hand experiences of the workplace through workplace visits and work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
|7. Encounters with further and higher education
|Through Skills Matter days, BLBW Ambassadors learn about academic and vocational routes to future careers.