Gatsby Benchmarks and Employability Skills

Workshop Purpose and Aim

Our “Enterprise Days” and “Introduction To” sessions aim to develop the young person’s understanding of the world of work and the different opportunities available to them through apprenticeships, higher education, employed roles, self-employment and entrepreneurialism.  The sessions also cover employability skills and allow the young person to demonstrate their strengths.

The work we do covers all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks and there is the opportunity to gain a recognised Level 1 National Vocational Qualification through SFEDI and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs for an additional fee.

The level of “We will do this by” will depend on the year group of the young people and will be tailored to the needs and requirements of the school.


The young person will: We will do this by:
Learn about the different career options available to them
  • Demonstrating the different routes into the world of work through workshop activities, which are tailored to meet the learning needs of every young person
  • Supplying information, advice and guidance about different career paths so that young people can make well-informed decisions about their future routes
  • Offering the opportunity for young people to acquire employability and business planning skills
  • Providing training for mentors from both business and education, to enable them to understand what is beneficial for them to share about their personal route into work
  • Continually developing and evaluating programmes to ensure that what we offer is relevant and up-to-date
Learn about a local industry sector and the job roles within it
  • Talking about the local labour market for the relevant “Enterprise Skills” or “Introduction To” session
  • Demonstrating the different opportunities within the sectors and setting relevant tasks to demonstrate the skills needed
  • Looking at the specific job roles within the industries, the number of jobs and average salaries
  • Providing industry-based mentors, with the knowledge to support the workshops, who can offer information through case study and real-life experience
  • Encouraging follow-up research for those young people wanting further information about the industry
  • Demonstrating the different routes that young people can take to achieve a role within that industry
  • Creation of a job description for one role in industry and demonstrating good/bad interview techniques
  • Talking about personal survival budgets, tax and pay
Require tailored advice and support depending on their needs
  • Supporting the teaching staff with specific young people as requested
  • Embedding equality and diversity into our sessions and giving case studies to demonstrate positive outcomes
  • Offering resources that are tailored to special educational needs to ensure that all young people are engaged and able to access the learning
  • Having the flexibility and ability to change the session plan to meet the understanding of the year group and the speed to which they are completing tasks


  • Offering time to young people who have specific career or skill-based questions and listening to their thoughts and ideas
  • As a Level 3 Disability Confident Leader, creating, developing and evaluating programmes for SEND young people who need additional time and support with their future aspirations
  • Working with local agencies and charities to ensure that our team’s and mentor’s training is up-to-date and that we understand the individual needs and barriers of the young people


Be able to link curriculum subjects to the industry
  • Providing practical examples and case studies of how the different educational subjects are used within industry
  • Offering project-based work where young people have to solve industry-based problems and demonstrate employability skills such as communication and teamwork
  • Giving information on job roles that are specific to curriculum learning and the transferable skills involved, for example a Hotel Receptionist will need to be able to demonstrate skills in Maths, English and Modern Foreign Languages
  • Giving each young person the opportunity to take part in a presentation at the end of the working day, demonstrating the skills they have learned and showcasing their work
  • Looking at Personal Survival Budgets and costings, encouraging the young person to think how Maths is used every day
  • Looking at skills audits and what a young person can do to overcome the barriers and gaps in their knowledge/skill base
Meet employers and industry experts
  • Providing mentors from the local industries and from industries linked to that sector
  • Provide training to those mentors to ensure they meet the needs and requirements of the young people and the school and ensure that they realise that some young people are not academic and have other skills and talents
  • Encouraging employers to present their expertise to young people and offer the opportunity to engage with them
  • Creating the opportunity, where possible, for young people to visit employers and to experience a working environment
  • Offering practical “work experience” tips and sessions for the young people in readiness for their employer visits
  • Talking about freelance, contract work and the other ways that a young person may be employed dependent on the new jobs being created and the longevity of the work/project
  • Demonstrating to local employers the importance of working with disabled and SEND young people for a more diversified work force
Have experience of a working environment
  • Creating a work-based environment and setting a project for them to complete with time restrictions and SMART goals
  • Requesting that young people attend smartly dressed and with a “work ethic” attitude
  • Encouraging that young people call us by our first names to build a working relationship with our mentors
  • Encouraging leadership ideas with discussions about how their own skills could generate income and increase their business planning opportunities
  • Encourage young people to participate in role play to replicate situations they may face in the world of work
  • Creating a presentation with the young people to demonstrate their communication skills and the work they completed during their workshop
  • Encouraging evaluation and feedback on their learning so a follow-up could be arranged with them or the opportunity to meet with someone in our network, who could further their aspirations
  • Asking local employers to support a workplace visit
  • Talking to young people about ensuring their work placement is in an industry they would like to work in so that they gain from the experience and encouraging them to engage with the employer to tackle parts of the role they would like to do
  • Offering work experience to young people within our charity which meets their needs and requirements
Have an understanding about further and higher education
  • Bringing mentors from apprenticeship companies, colleges and universities, where possible to deliver workshops
  • Talking about the different career pathways into the industry and how they can be achieved
Have access to interview techniques and personal guidance
  • Offering the young person the opportunity see how an interview works by demonstrating a good and bad interview within a group workshop and taking a vote on who got the job and why
  • Offering tailored and individual IAG and mock interviews with a qualified Level 6 IAG Careers Advisor
  • Exploring different routes to the world of work and identifying other options that may be available to develop skills and talents
  • Completing a SWEMWB to look at the development of self-confidence and self-esteem in every young person to assist them with overcoming perceived and personal barriers
  • Offering information about other agencies within our network that may be able to support the young person further
  • Providing case studies and other information to help inform decisions
Demonstrate employability skills
  • Demonstrating the different employability skills throughout the day:
  • Skill Building – All young people will be encouraged to engage with the activities that best demonstrate their skills to their peers, encouraging respect amongst the team
  • Entrepreneurialism – the team have to work through projects
  • Communication – showing the different types of communication needed in the world of work and how different resources enable you to sell to different target audiences, for example banks, management, customers and so on
  • Teamwork – all activities are team based but they will be led by different individuals depending upon their skill set.  For example, these are written, craft-based, mathematical etc
  • Confidence – all young people are encouraged to take part in the final presentation, which will include role play, songs and oral demonstration of the work they undertook during the workshop
  • Financial Capability – the majority of activities will lead back to mathematical understanding whether that be adding value, looking at salaries or working out costs.
  • Organisation - how the team work together to organise their presentation, the activities and themselves
  • Resilience – what happens when something goes wrong, or the team cannot agree – we support the team to pull together and make it work
  • Networking – all young people will have the chance to network with their peers and the mentors helping them to integrate into the wider community