Links to Resources

D2N2 LEP have prioritised the development of employability skills for young people as an integral component of its economic strategy to be delivered through the articulation and roll-out of an Employability Framework to address questions of employer demand and skills supply at a manageable local level. At the core of this new Framework is the idea that all young people should have the opportunity to engage with employers, learn about the world of work and develop their employability skills. The findings from a survey of 56 schools (a 46% response rate) show that most respondent schools (79%) continue to support employability and careers programmes for their pupils.

Partners delivering support for schools are asked to ensure that all our young people have opportunities to become:-

  • Self-motivated.
  • Self-assured.
  • Aspirational.
  • Informed.
  • Experienced.
  • Achieving.
  • Accountable.
  • Resilient.
  • Entrepreneurial.
  • Co-operative.

To find out how these characteristics can be applied within a school environment please see the case study from New Mills School here.

Careers Strategy & The Gatsby Benchmarks

The D2N2 LEP & The CEC held a careers strategy event for schools and colleges across the D2N2 LEP on April 17th 2018. Following the success of the event we are sharing the presentations for your reference.

Careers Strategy Opening Presentation - Tristam Hooley
Careers Strategy Opening Presentation - Abdul Bathin

Workshop 1
Workshop 1 - Benchmark 1 - Nottingham Academy
Workshop 1 - Benchmark 4 - Brookfield Community School

Workshop 2
Workshop 2 - Benchmark 3 - Ormiston Ilkeston Academy
Workshop 2 - Benchmark 8 - Brunts Academy

Workshop 3
Workshop 3 - Benchmark 2 - Rushcliffe School
Workshop 3 - Benchmark 7 - Tibshelf School

Workshop 4
Workshop 4 - Benchmark 5 - South Charnwood
Workshop 4 - Benchmark 6 - Landau Forte & Murray Park Academy

Gatsby Career Benchmark videos have now been produced - please follow this link for more information.

Sector Skills Engagement

Employers can engage with schools in a number of ways including:

  • Become an Enterprise Adviser

  • Conduct a Work Inspiration Activity

  • Conduct an Apprenticeship Activity as an Employer Ambassador

  • Conduct an Activity as an Employer Sector Ambassador
  • More details are on the Sector Skills Engagement factsheet.

    Support for Schools is available from a number of national and regional sources

    National Apprenticeship Service


    The National Apprenticeship service has designed a number of resources for schools and colleges including an Apprenticeship self-development pack for young people aged 16 to 19 which is accompanied by a Teacher's Handbook. The resources provide teachers and careers advisers offering information, advice and guidance to young people with everything they need to know about Apprenticeships and how to apply for an Apprenticeship vacancy. A useful guide for young people - produced by the by D2 Skills and Employment Board can be found here: apprenticeship guide.

    Higher and Degree Apprenticeships summary with recruitment times.

    More information can be found on the Gov.UK website here. and see the video below.

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    National Careers Service


    The National Careers Serviceprovides individuals with information, advice and guidance on learning, training and work opportunities. It offers tools and resources for 13-16 year olds to help inform their subject and future career choices including an online chat service.

    Careers Inspiration in the East Midlands

    The National Careers Service, Careers Inspiration is about young people making informed decisions about their careers based on inspiring careers guidance. It is designed to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the world of work whilst raising their aspirations.

    Employers can play an important role by working with local schools and young people – e.g. carrying out mock interviews, CV preparation, raising the image of their sector, supporting careers events or information sessions.

    If you want to be connected with a school or college across the D2N2 area please contact Louise Thompson - Manager, Careers Inspiration, National Careers Service, 2A Sherwood Rise Nottingham NG7 6JN 0115 960 1570 l 07483 120945


    Jointly owned by Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council, Futuresa leading not-for-profit provider of jobs and skills advice, training, apprenticeships and support to young people and adults who need help preparing for work or training, operate the National Careers Service across the East Midlands and Central Eastern England.

    The National Careers Service in conjunction with partners in the D2N2 Area produce the What Work Guides for Derbyshire and for Nottinghamshire.

    Futures offers a Live Apprenticeship Vacancy Report service to help you stay abreast of the latest apprenticeship vacancies from your local area working in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service and collating their weekly vacancy reports here

    Listed below an A-Z of organisations and websites which may also be useful for schools in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region.

    School Leaver Jobs, Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes & Sponsored Degrees

    At AllAboutSchoolLeavers, our mission is clear: we help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them. Here at the home of school leaver jobs, you’ll find everything from current apprenticeships and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help guide you on your career journey.

    Finding school leaver jobs: We’ve got the latest school leaver programmes and apprenticeship schemes right here. Use the search box on the right to look for positions specifically tailored to you – sorted by industry, location, or the type of programme – or simply browse through all the opportunities on our school leaver jobs board. When a position catches your eye simply click on the vacancy for more detailed information and for that all-important ‘Apply Now’ button.

    School leaver jobs advice: Our advice pages are full of vital information to help you on your career journey, from how to write a CV and cover letter, or preparing for job interviews, to guidance on how to access specific industries and the different levels of apprenticeships.

    School leaver jobs news: As well as job vacancies and advice, our news pages will keep you up-to-date with the latest announcements and events in the school leaver jobs market, to ensure you have all the information you need to make the right choices.

    Website Link

    Latest Research

    Apprentice Town

    Apprentice Town

    Chesterfield is the first town in the UK to declare itself an Apprentice Town – demonstrating its commitment to growing the future and careers of young people alongside business and the economy by retaining and developing young talent in the town in order to attract more employers to invest here.

    Chesterfield is a town where young people, parents and businesses think ‘Apprenticeship First’.



    Aspirebrings together Nottingham’s schools and businesses to help prepare young people for the world of work.

    Spearheaded by Nottingham City Council and delivered by Futures Advice, Skills and Employment, primary and secondary school students are offered a programme of activities and events to help them raise their levels of achievement and aspiration, gain relevant employability skills and develop an understanding of the world of work.


    Auto City

    Numerous resources to help to find out more about career opportunities in the retail motor industry, information provided on work experience and the world of work in the industry. The site includes some useful documents which can be downloaded. Click here for further details.

    Big Bang @ School

    Big Bang @ |School

    The Big Bang @ School is a programme for teachers, which is designed to help schools to deliver an event that will excite pupils about their science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and inspire them to consider science or engineering careers


    BLOODHOUND is Go! The BLOODHOUND Project is a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Further details on the Bloodhound website.

    Bringing Logistics and Transport to Life

    Bringing Logistics and Transport to Life is an exciting new initiative from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportand the Geographical Association.

    Resources include eight lesson plans with accompanying material, each on a different sector. See the website to access more details and resources.


    Business in the Community (BITC) – Business Class

    Business in the Community

    Business Class is a government-endorsed programme, which provides a systematic framework for business to support young people facing social disadvantage by forming long-term partnerships with the schools those young people attend. To find a programme near you please click here.

    Career MAG - Find the right path for you - Issue 6

    Check out this great resource with monthly topics covering

  • Apprenticeship Standards

  • Sector reviews

  • Exams, results days and beyond

  • Qualifications levels explained
  • Career Mag - Issue 6

    The careers & Enterprise Company


    SEND Toolkit

    CDI Academy - New Qualification for CDI Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership

    There is wide consensus that the role of Careers Leader is central to building capacity, improving the quality of career education and guidance in schools and the whole school improvement agenda. With this in mind CDI are offering a new qualification through the CDI Academy: the CDI Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership which comprises three units:

    1.Plan and design career-related learning programmes;
    2.Lead and manage career development work in an organisation;
    3.Continuously improve career development work in an organisation.

    Taught days
    Attendance at one training day for each of the units is required. These will be led by experienced career development professional, Kath Wright. The days will cover the knowledge and skills which need to be evidenced to demonstrate competence. At the first training day candidates will also meet their Assessor who will provide ongoing support for the production of candidate evidence prior to assessment. All candidates will receive a bespoke workbook for each unit; the opportunity to attend specific CDI webinars; join a Community of Interest for Careers Leadership candidates and the chance to hear talks as part of the training days from national experts. Initially the training days will be delivered in central Birmingham. Training for Cohort 2 will start on 10th October and for Cohort 3 on 16th January. However we can deliver locally if 10 or more candidates wish to undertake the qualification in a particular location.

    Costs and Booking
    Each unit costs £305 plus VAT and can be taken as individual certificated units or as all three units in order to be awarded the certificate, cost £915 plus VAT. The costs cover: the training day, assessment, internal and external verification, registration and certification with OCR and registration and use of OneFile, the online portfolio system we are using. If space allows it may be possible for individuals to attend the training days without pursuing the certification. Booking is via the CDI website.

    More information
    This is available at: and the brochure which includes the dates of the training days can be accessed here: brochure.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Professional Development Manager, Claire Johnson: car.onnted.eliejho@hcint

    CIPD – Work Experience Placements that Work - A Guide for Employers

    This guide is mainly aimed at 18-24 year olds but contains some useful tips on getting the most from work experience placements.

    A copy can be downloaded here.

    Construction Youth Trust

    Construction Youth Trust

    Construction Youth Trust is a registered charity working with young people to help them access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry.

    The Trust has a range of programmes ranging from individual bursaries and construction skills courses to work placement schemes and careers guidance sessions and can offer free courses that provide practical work experience as well as careers advice. Click here for further information

    CT Skills

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    Check for Courses and Workshops now

    Be who you want to be

    Congratulations on completing your exams! Your first thought when deciding what to do after school is often to pick between work or further education. With so many choices and decisions to make, it might feel stressful, overwhelming or confusing at times. However, it doesn’t have to be like that.

    Find Out more

    Are you ready to take a Step Forward?

    Come along to our no obligation information, advice and guidance sessions every Friday at 11am. Receive a range of expert careers advice tailored to support young people in making informed decisions about the future.

    Step Forward Fridays

    Derbyshire Education Business Partnership


    Derbyshire Education Business Partnership are a Social Enterprise working across the D2N2 to offer bespoke programmes of employability and life skills support for young people 5 to 19, helping them to understand the world of work through interaction with employers. Programmes are designed to suit the outcomes and impact needed and can cover primary transition, secondary pre-NEET groups, SEND students and parents & carers, all with employer engagement at the heart of the delivery. All programmes are underpinned by the D2N2 Employability Framework and Gatsby recommendations.

    For a personal visit by one of our advisers please email eqiisdb.rnure@epog.

    Department For Education – Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools

    Department for Education

    Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools contains non-statutory advice that has been produced to help recipients understand their obligations and duties in relation to advice and guidance.

    Organisations named throughout this document are provided as examples of good practice and the end of the document you will find a range of other resources which support the transition from education to the world of work.

    Digital Me

    Digital Me is a division of Bsmart Training and was set up to meet the huge demand for finding and engaging with people, aged 16-29, who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

    We offer the full circle service and some of our courses are nationally accredited with NCFE.

    Digital Me Brochure

    East Midlands Airport Aerozone


    The Aerozone is East Midlands Airport’s exclusive education centre and can be used for a diverse range of activities and can be adapted to suit your teaching needs and is completely free of charge. There are a huge range of exciting opportunities for school and community groups of all sizes and ages.

    The Aerozone offers a meeting room and a fully equipped, interactive education facility. We have something for everyone from primary schools through to colleges and community groups. Click here for further details.



    EDT is the largest provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enrichment activities for the UK youth. Their range of work related learning schemes provide opportunities for 11-21 year olds to enhance their technical, personal and employability skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses. They help develop partnerships, build links between education and industry and help organisations reach talent and connect with young engineers and scientists click here for details.

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    EDT also deliver a project called Industrial Cadets which is an industry led accreditation providing workplace experiences for young people aged 11-19, designed to create a skilled and enthusiastic workorce.

    Education and Employers Taskforce

    Education and Employers Taskforce

    The Education and Employers Taskforce charity aims to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK’s future prosperity. A number of useful research reports are available here, including Nothing in Common: The Career Aspirations of Young Britons Mapped Against Projected Labour Market Demand 2010-2020.


    The Charity runs Inspiring the Future which connects state schools and colleges with employers and people from the world of work. Teachers can easily and at no cost invite volunteers to visit and speak to young people about their job, career and the educational route that they took. Inspiring the Future has now been extended to primary schools under the name – Primary Futures. The programme aims to raise aspirations by helping primary aged children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work.

    Empower Education

    Empower Education, Emotional Health Education Centre. Do you have children, teenagers or young adults that:

  • Have challenging behaviour?

  • Feel stressed, anxious, angry?

  • Have difficulty managing their emotions?

  • Struggle with friendships?

  • Struggle with low confidence or self esteem?

  • Have a negative 'I can't attitude'?
  • If so Empower Education can help. They offer Development and emotional well-being programmes and workshops; Mental health education programmes and workshops; exam stress and anxiety workshops; assemblies, interventions; staff well being workshops and INSET days; and family programmes.

    Contact Jackie on 07982 246 072, email if@moeeuainc.knoepwrdcto.ou, website address

    Fair Train

    Fair Trainpromotes all forms of work experience, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships. They developed the national Work Experience Quality Standard with support from the Department for Education, Ofsted, employers and learning providers across the country.
    The Work Experience Quality Standard allows providers, including schools, to work towards a set of frameworks which ensures they are delivering a comprehensive programme, which is meaningful to young people and fits in with the 16-19 Study Programme requirements. Fair Train believe in Work Experience for young people to bridge the gap between classroom and career and for employers who wish to recruit the best and see results.


    Fair Train work experience week

    A week dedicated to raising awareness of the benefits of high quality work experience. Work Experience Week aims to get all parties involved in work experience to celebrate its full potential. It’s a chance for employers, learning providers and young people to showcase the positive work they are doing and encourage more organisations to realise the benefits of work experience.

    Support includes a free downloadable tool kit to support your activities.

    Go Construct

    Go Construct

    The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. The site helps to meet the future skills needs of the industry and to recruit a workforce that is diverse and ready for the challenge of the future.

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    Health and Safety Executive – Work Experience Guidance

    An appreciation of risk and how to deal with it can be one of the biggest benefits offered by a placement.

    To support the needs of young people (those under 18) to be offered opportunities to develop new skills and gain experience across the world of work the HSE has provided guidance on work experience.

    I Care…Ambassadors

    I Care…Ambassadors are people who work in adult social care who deliver careers activities such as talks, work experience and presentations, to inspire people to work in social care. There are over 350 employers signed up, with over 900 ambassadors who do activities across England. (Skills for Care host and support the initiative). Information Leaflet

    Inspired by Space - Engaging Girls in STEM

    A Guide to Engaging Girls in STEM with the Principia Space Diary. This guide is not just for girls. I know, the title suggests otherwise, but that is just to get your attention. This guide is for all students because girls don’t need special activities – they simply need to be seen, heard and appreciated. These are activities that will give girls the confidence and visibility they deserve.

    Click here for the Inspired by Space booklet

    All of the Space Diary activities in the booklet are available to download for
    free, along with teaching notes, lesson plans and curriculum links. Download
    activities at: is a free careers guidance tool for school and college students.

    It’s designed to help teachers deliver careers guidance to their students in the most fun, simple and effective way possible.

    The online resource consists of an interactive career test and career exploration tool for students, and lesson plans, industry guides and other resources that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. Click here for further details.

    N2 SEB (N2 Skills and Employment Board)

    N2 SEB

    A practical guide for employers and individuals seeking employment in the Health and Social Care sector.

    Health and Social Care Handbook



    Plotris a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love. It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

    They can explore employer worlds, in depth career profiles, videos, articles and more to get a view of what the world of work is really like and find what inspires them. The site includes expert information, insider hints and tips, details of work experience, apprenticeship and entry level job opportunities.

    Progression Enrichment

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    Having worked for over 15 years in sales management and 11 years as a secondary school teacher Dale Buckland established Progression Enrichment.

    Its aim is to work with businesses to make their contributions to schools, as part of their overall community initiatives, mutually beneficial by working with a variety of businesses across the UK covering both primary and secondary schools and a huge variety of subject areas.

    There would be no charge for schools, if you would like your school to be considered for future activities click here for further information.

    RBS Moneysense

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    A free interactive programme giving your students the skills to manage their money so they can thrive in today’s society and be prepared for independent living. Find out more by clicking here.

    School Governors’ One-Stop Shop (SGOSS)


    SGOSS offer an online Governor Recruitment Service which means that you can register your school governor vacancies directly with them. Signing up with SGOSS allows you to create a school profile, add/remove/edit your vacancies, list any specific skills requirements, and gain access to additional resources and guidance to help with staff and parent vacancies.

    SGOSS Area Managers guide volunteers through the application process and help facilitate their appointment to school governing bodies who work in partnership with local authorities to fill governor vacancies.

    Schools can use the service, free of charge, to register available positions. Click here for further details.

    SeaFarers UK

    Every year Seafarers UK campaigns for a greater awareness of seafarers and job/career opportunities in maritime and the 2017 campaign is underway. The two themes for this year are ‘Maritime Jobs at Sea and Ashore’ and ‘Sea Ports for Prosperity’. For further details, see their poster. Leaflet for information.

    Speakers for Schools

    Speakers for Schools is a charity that helps state secondary schools and colleges across the UK access free talks from its special network of the UK's leading figures from industry and academia. Speakers aim to broaden students’ horizons through sharing their inspirations, expertise and valuable insights as a leader in their field.

    Christine Hodgson, Chair of The Careers & Enterprise Company and Executive Chairman of Capgemini UK Plc, on her experience:

    “I always enjoy engaging with the students, hearing their views and being challenged with thoughtful questions. I know that I will leave the school on a high and with plenty to think about, and I hope the students will leave inspired to explore their own strengths that are the key to unlocking their potential.”

    “Christine was able to inspire our young people into not only thinking of going to University but also to consider the Apprenticeship route. She observed student presentations on a project they were doing on 'Starting a Small Business' and gave them relevant and constructive feedback.”

    Teacher, Sir George Monoux College.

    If you think your schools may be interested, they can register here. If you would like find out more and who we are already working with, contact our Schools Relationship Manager Caroline Batt on 02075 493 669 or crln.atsekr4col.raoiebt@paesshosog.

    STEM Ambassador Hub

    STEM Ambassador Hub

    Derbyshire Education Business Partnership manage the STEM Ambassador Hub for North Midlands, South & East Yorkshire which covers all of the D2N2 area. STEM Ambassadors are volunteers representing a vast range of STEM-related jobs and disciplines across the UK. They are enthusiastic and knowledgeable role models who offer an exciting resource for young learners from 5 to 19, teachers, youth and community group leaders.

    STEM Ambassadors get involved through a number of different activities from career or subject talks to hands on activities, supporting project work or by contributing to the CPD of teachers and group leaders. They all carry an enhanced DBS check for working with children.

    To request support please register your interest

    If you are from a community group please contact eqiisdb.rnure@epog.

    STEM Insight

    STEM Insight

    Insight into industry is a unique opportunity for employers to provide a stimulating experience for teachers, lecturers, managers and technicians of STEM subjects to update their knowledge and awareness of modern STEM related careers.
    Employers provide a placement (between five and ten days), that will provide opportunity for teachers to see working life across the business.
    Every participant is supported by a package of face-to-face and online training to help them harness their experiences once they are back in school or college.
    Eligible schools will receive generous bursary support from Project ENTHUSE to cover the cost of participating in the scheme.

    For more information and to apply

    For businesses that would like to offer placements

    Tomorrow’s Engineers


    Tomorrow’s Engineers is a one stop shop for information and resources about the careers available in engineering.

    Working with businesses, not for profit organisations and charities they also run a schools programme which is made up of a number of initiatives, such as industry visits, workshops, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador partnerships and careers resources, to help schools to incorporate engineering into the current curriculum and plant the seeds needed to grow local engineering talent needed by businesses. Click here for further information.

    Tycoon in Schools

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    Tycoon in Schools is a free national enterprise competition spearheaded by Peter Jones CBE, entrepreneur and star of Dragons’ Den, which gives young people the chance to run their own business. The competition is open to applicants aged 5-18 years, attending primary or secondary school in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, from both the private and state sector. In addition, students aged 18 and under in Further Education College are also eligible to take part. link

    UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

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    The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is led by a group of Commissioners from across the UK who are all leaders in their fields. They represent large and small employers, the public, private and voluntary sectors and further and higher education. They produce research into the future of work and skills.. There are a number of reports which contain useful information for example Careers of the Future (Dec 2014)

    UKCES also produce an Employer Perspectives Survey



    YouNG is an innovative that delivers support for young people with project being run and maintained by young people. The YouNG project involves encouraging young people to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills and greater prepare them for the future world of work.

    We hold regular YouNG markets to give young people experience of running their own stall. This helps to develop young people’s skills and knowledge relating to the world of business and they also get to keep 100% of the profits they make on the day!

    We also help young people find work experience placements in a variety of different professions. This helps to provide young people with experience and knowledge of their desired placement that can be transferred and utilised in the future world of work.

    For more information please visit our website:

    Young Enterprise


    Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom's largest business and enterprise education charity assisting young people learn about business and the world of work in the classroom under the guidance of volunteers from over 3,500 companies.

    Young Enterprise has launched an initiative called “Start” within Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to promote and provide relevant skill development to improve employability with the aim to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise to improve their skills and experience ready for employment. For further information click here.

    Your Future-East Midlands

    Your Future

    Your Future provides details on careers, progression routes and careers fairs.



    Derbyshire County Council YOUTHINC is the Local Authority’s one stop shop to find out about the Youth Offer for young people in Derbyshire.

    The YOUTHINC name and brand is an encompassing identity for all services for young people, including Information and Guidance, Youth Activities, career options and Youth Voice.
    YOUTHINC, Derbyshire’s Youth Offer to young people combines all services for young people under 5 headings:

    •Something to Do
    •Somewhere to Go
    •Something to Say
    •Something to Learn
    •Someone to Talk To

    We work with a wide range of organisations with opportunities for young people including; 6th forms, colleges, training providers, schools and employers.

    YOUTHINC web site and Social Media

    The development of the YOUTHINC web site and increasing social media presence, combined with the targeted youth support agenda, has ensured that we are developing a valuable and accessible service. The YOUTHINC web site and Social Media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) are the virtual gateway to young people accessing YOUTHINC.

    'Where the Work Is' in D2N2