Gatsby 1 – A stable careers programme
Attendance at BFS, particularly for a whole year group, demonstrates commitment to CEIAG from the Senior Management Team and the Governing Body. BFS can become a regular annual feature of careers work, as part of the CEIAG programme published on the school/college website. Student/staff feedback after attending BFS can contribute to the overall evaluation of CEIAG at the school.
Gatsby 2 – Learning from career and labour market information
Attendance at BFS will enable students to access up to date information about the labour market directly from local employers, across all business sectors. This will help students to make informed decisions about their subject option choices and future career paths.
Gatsby 3 – Addressing the needs of each student
All students can access BFS, including those with special educational needs and disabilities and gifted and talented students. Schools will be able to record individual attendance at the event, which will help to build up a picture of each student’s CEIAG programme.
Gatsby 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers
Students will be able to see the practical application of the subjects they are studying, particularly Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), by talking to exhibitors about the requirements of the workplace. This will help to increase their motivation back in the classroom. Subject teachers will be able to connect with employers and establish a working relationship back in school.
Gatsby 5 – Encounters with employers and employees
Talking to exhibitors at BFS will contribute to the requirement for students to have at least one meaningful encounter with an employer per year. Students will be able to find out about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.
Gatsby 6 – Experience of workplaces
Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience. Through attendance at BFS, students and school/college staff can establish contacts with employers which can lead to work experience or an apprenticeship, at a later stage.
Gatsby 7 – Encounters with further and higher education
All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. Representatives from local FE colleges, training providers and universities will be present at BFS for students to talk to and find out information about the broad range of academic and vocational courses available to them.
Gatsby 8 – Personal guidance
Every student should have a guidance interview with a careers adviser. Attendance at BFS will help to broaden students’ ideas about the wide range of careers open to them, which will help them to focus during a careers guidance interview. Students who have already seen a careers adviser can use BFS to take forward any action points identified during the interview.