It’s more important than ever to deliver effective careers guidance in schools and a key part of the school curriculum. High-quality careers guidance is critical to young people’s futures. It prepares them for their future careers by providing them with a clear understanding of the world of work, highlighting what routes to employment are available, and gives them an insight into what careers they might find engaging and rewarding.
We understand that finding quality career resources can be a challenge for many educators, so we’ve used our 60+ years of experience in the employment sector to create a unique guide that gives careers advice for students, empowering them to make the right choices for their future.
The guide, which forms part of our Gateway to work programme, is suitable for all secondary school year groups, with easy-to-understand descriptions and a comprehensive glossary.
What does the guide include?
Routes to employment
In-depth information on the various routes to employment (apprenticeships, traineeships, higher education, volunteering, and going straight into the workplace) and a tick box exercise to help students establish which option is best suited to their career goals.
Insight into a wide range of industries
Information on different sectors including STEM careers, jobs in green energy, and 14 other industries, such as marketing, construction, health and care, and human resources.
Salaries and career progression
Within each sector we have picked out one or two entry-level jobs that are suitable for school leavers, pinpointing what GCSE’s, A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications they need to enter that profession, how much they can expect to earn when they start out, and how much they can earn after three and six years.
We have also highlighted a range of jobs in each field and provided up-to-date salary information, based on our 2023 salary guide data.
For each industry, we have provided a link to a discounted course that students can take to learn more about the industry and gain essential skills and knowledge that they will need to work in that sector. All courses are available through Reed Courses and supplied by external providers.
By downloading this guide, you will also receive a free promotional pack for your school, enabling you to promote the careers guide with your students and parents. The pack includes:
A poster that can be displayed around your school
An advert to be added to your school's website and within your parent newsletter
An image to use on social media to inform parents about the guide and encourage them to speak to their child about careers
A lesson plan to help you make the most out of the guide
Reed Learning's Gateway to work programme
This guide forms part of our free ‘Gateway to work’ programme delivered by Reed Learning, a digital careers programme designed to help students in years 9 to 13 successfully enter the world of work.
The programme includes virtual work experience placements with top-name companies, CV writing advice, mock interviews, and support with building confidence and clarity about their future.
Find out more about Gateway to work.