The Department for Education published its Strategy for Careers Guidance in 2017 and this was updated in 2021 to include access for education and training providers. Within the guidance, the DfE acknowledged the need for a Careers Leader with sufficient skills and authority to ensure requirements are met. The statutory documents can be found here.

Sir John Holman introduces the role of Careers Leaders

Introduction to our online Careers Leader training - YouTube


Qualities of a Careers Leader: 

Coordination – of activities 
Management – ensuring things happen in the right way at the right time 
Leadership – will motivate all parties 
Networking – good at making contacts internally and externally 


The role of a Careers Leader: 

“Careers Leaders have responsibility for the delivery of a school’s careers programme. They should be ensuring, among other things, that:  

1. The school has a good careers programme that meets the expectations set out in the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

2. The school has published on its website details of its careers programme and arrangements for providers of technical education or apprenticeships to talk to pupils. 

3. The destinations of young people from the school are tracked and that this information is used to improve the effectiveness of the school’s careers programme.”

Understanding the role of the careers leader, Careers and Enterprise Company 2018