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Careers Hub

The Heart of the South West Careers Hub has been created to strengthen links between education (such as: schools, FE Institutions, colleges) and employers so that together they can inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

With the launch of the government’s Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance, new requirements (Gatsby Benchmarks) have been put in place for schools to deliver quality careers support for their students. The Careers Hub can support your school to meet these requirements by:

  • Matching education providers with a business volunteer (Enterprise Adviser) who will be on hand to share their industry expertise and key business contacts
  • Using use two key tools to record and review progress: – The Compass Tool and Tracker Tool 

To get involved or be kept up to date via our monthly newsletter, please email  careershub@devon.gov.uk

Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from Labour Market Information
  3. Addressing the needs of every pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal Guidance

Compass Plus and Tracker

Compass is a free tool for schools and colleges in England, that quickly and easily helps you to evaluate your careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice – known as the Gatsby Benchmarks.


Tracker Once you’ve completed a Compass evaluation for your school or college, you can use our careers planning tool, Tracker, to record and manage your careers plan for the year.



What’s been happening with employers and schools in the Heart of the South West?

Link to: embedded news stories about the careers hub

Link to: resources