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The Humber area has the second highest standard of careers education in the country, according to a report from the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC).

The State of the Nation report by the CEC is an assessment of how schools and colleges are performing against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which measure the quality of careers education and guidance

The report is an assessment of progress over time among the thousand schools and colleges who have completed their Compass self-assessment tool on multiple occasions, as well as providing an overview of how schools and colleges in different areas of the country are performing against the Benchmarks.

The report also takes a look at the factors that make a difference when it comes a school or colleges’ benchmark score

The report indicates that the Humber continues to perform above average in relation to their progress towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. Schools in the Humber are reported to be achieving an average of 3 benchmarks; the national average is 2.13.

The eight benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  •  Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  •  Linking curriculum learning to careers
  •  Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  •  Encounters with further and higher education
  •  Personal guidance.

The report also found that the strongest correlation with a higher Overall Benchmark Score was schools and colleges that had sought and achieved a Quality in Careers Standard – with the Humber currently being home to 35 institutions who have achieved this standard.

The report concludes: “The progress that is being made against the Gatsby Benchmarks is a testament to the efforts of schools and colleges across the country and their commitment to preparing young people for the future. We are confident that the next few years will see careers provision in England going from strength to strength. The Careers & Enterprise Company will be working in partnership with schools, colleges, employers, careers providers, the National Careers Service and the Department for Education to bring this about and to ensure the best possible opportunities for all young people.”