Gatsby Benchmark 1 is an incredibly important first step in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. It ensures that young people receive the basic level of careers education and guidance, along with the support they need to navigate the labour market successfully.
Benchmark 1 guides schools and colleges around how to develop a comprehensive careers strategy and plan. When effectively implemented, this enables schools and colleges to provide a progressive, all-encompassing careers programme that benefits young people, parents/carers, teachers, and employers alike.
By fully embedding Gatsby Benchmark 1, schools and colleges will not only meet the statutory guidance required, but when done well, it also empowers pupils and young people to explore various career pathways, understand the requirements of different professions, and build the necessary skills to thrive in their chosen fields, helping to prevent them from becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education and Training).