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Employer Standards for careers education

Help shape your workforce of tomorrow and recruit people with the right skills by working with schools and colleges.

Developed by The Careers and Enterprise Company, the Employer Standards is a new, free framework and digital tool that can help you work with the education sector on careers education. The Employer Standards will help you to:

  • inspire young people about your sector, business and the world of work
  • review the quality of your education outreach plan and support your company to align its engagement with its business objectives
  • confidentially assess your performance against peers in your sector, nationally and regionally
  • access resources, including an evidence pack explaining how the Employer Standards can support your business case. Including case studies from other businesses.

Benefits for your business

Since its launch in 2023, hundreds of businesses have used the tool to benchmark and drive performance against their education outreach – including Tesco, BAE Systems, Lloyds Banking Group, KPMG and Willmott Dixon.

99% of businesses said they planned to make improvements based on what they learnt from the Employer standards. Employers say that working with the education sector is helping them to:

  • develop talent pipelines
  • close skills gaps
  • increase diversity
  • attract job and apprenticeship applicants
  • make a difference and have a social impact in their communities

Find out more

Take the free self-assessment to find out how effectively your business is delivering careers education outreach.

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