Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has teamed up with the EY Foundation to deliver the Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot.

Working with and supporting 70 primary schools from across the North East LEP area to build careers aspiration and inspiration from an early age, the Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot is a key part of the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and forms part of North East Ambition, which aims to support each and every young person in the region to make informed decisions about their future careers.

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot builds on the success of the North East LEP’s Good Career Guidance Benchmark Pilot, delivered in partnership with 16 secondary schools and colleges from across the region. The secondary pilot was recognised as transformational and championed by government. It now forms part of statutory guidance for schools on how to deliver careers education and leads the way nationally as a new approach to careers guidance.

The North East LEP is determined that Primary Schools in the region are at the forefront of national developments in creating a useful early careers programme suitable for children in primary education.

The pilot will focus on the Career Benchmarks, designed originally for secondary schools by the Gatsby Foundation and amended slightly for colleges. The first task will be to translate and re-flavour the benchmarks for implementation in primary settings.

The pilot will explore how to open up possibilities, broaden horizons and help children and their families see that anything is possible. It will also equip young people with the skills they need to achieve their ambitions, regardless of their starting point.

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot is supported by funding from the European Social Fund, EY foundation and the Local Growth Fund.

For more information please contact Dawn Bewick in the North East LEP Skills team on [email protected].