Schools and colleges

A new careers strategy

In December 2017 a new careers strategy was launched by Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships, and Minister of State for Women. The four pillars of the strategy are:

  1. Inspiring encounters with further and higher education, and with employers and workplaces.
  2. Excellent advice and guidance programmes
  3. Support and guidance tailored to individual needs
  4. Using data and technology to help everyone make choices about careers

Making the most of everyone's skills and talents — which covers provision for all ages — is a Department for Education publication.

Revised statutory guidance.

The careers strategy was followed on 2 January 2018 by revised and expanded statutory guidance.The guidance covers the eight Gatsby Benchmarks discussed in the careers strategy. It provides explicit detail about the legal duties now placed on schools, colleges and their governing bodies. The guidance includes the following items:

Every school must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13.

Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.

Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed.

The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided:

  • is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option;
  • includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes;
  • is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers, like the careers strategy, is a Department for Education publication.

Our offer

Provision for students

We offer a range of CEIAG provision for students in KS3, KS4 and KS5.
We discuss your requirements with you and customise the provision you choose.Group work tasks are designed to engage students in active learning involving their participation and contributions.

Key Stage 5 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Using LMI
  • Understanding Career Capital
  • Career management
  • UCAS support
  • Interview preparation
  • Which way at 18?
  • Your Personal Brand
  • The value of volunteering
  • Labour markets and why they matter
  • Applying to medical school
    Psychometric testing —please ask for further details.

Key Stage 4 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Building your profile
  • Transferable skills
  • An introduction to career capital
  • Meet the labour market
  • Employability: what's it all about?
  • Options after GCSEs
  • Specialist subject sessions
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Application Lab
  • Interview Lab
    Careers Fairs — designed to meet your needs

Key Stage 3 :

  • Self-awareness
  • Building confidence
  • Aiming High
  • Decision making
  • The world of Work
  • Other people
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Action Plan for success
  • Skills Lab

Other services

  • Consultancy services
  • INSET provision
  • Signposting and information sessions for parents
  • Employer links

Quality matters

The quality standard for the guidance sector is matrix. The Career Development Institute recommends that schools and colleges should secure careers guidance services from an external provider. It recommends that only organisations with matrix accreditation should be used. My Future Starts Here has maintained its matrix accreditation since 2013.

Our associates are experienced and well-qualified careers or education professionals, and all have DBS clearance.
Our guidance specialists are on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

We respect and value the diversity of all our clients. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity, and to safeguarding their welfare.