National Careers Week

Careers education resources

Explore our range of free careers resources for schools. Enhance your provision and help your students discover new career paths.

National Careers Week

Supporting young people to make those all-important career choices has never been more important. The Department for Education has released the latest numbers on those not in education, employment, or training (NEET) for 16 to 18-year-olds in England.

The overall 16 to 18 NEET rate increased in 2022 by 1.3 percentage points to 8.4%, the highest rate since 2012. This was driven by an increase at age 18, where in 2022 15.9% were NEET, the highest rate since 2009.  

These figures show the importance of providing young people with the guidance and resources they need for life after school.

National Careers Week is a great opportunity to empower young people and spread positive change through careers education. We hope you find our free careers resources for schools useful during the week and all year round.

Access our business directory

By offering young people connections to the world of work, their career readiness increases and aspirations soar. As little as four interactions with an employer reduces a pupil’s chance of being NEET (not in education, employment or training) by 25% once they’ve left school.

Our business directory is an extensive document that hosts free resources, work experience placements, apprenticeships and grad schemes from some of the UK’s leading businesses.

If you have any questions about the listed opportunities and would like to find out more, please email studentenrichment@teachfirst.org.uk.

Download business directory (PDF)

Use our post-school success toolkit

Give your school’s careers education an extra boost by downloading our free post-school success toolkit. Designed for teachers, the toolkit will help you understand what requirements are needed to support your students and help them reach their potential.

Download post-school success toolkit (PDF)

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Take part in our work experience programme

Our work experience programme connects students from disadvantaged backgrounds to lifechanging opportunities. Career paths that seem distant are now a reality as students will get the chance to experience the world of work.

We’re working with the UK’s leading companies to offer valuable work experience placements to pupils nationwide, throughout the year.

We offer in-person work experience and virtual placements.

Companies will give pupils the chance to experience their industry and give an insight into the digital workplace.

For any questions and to subscribe to our latest updates, email workexperience@teachfirst.org.uk.

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Teacher and pupils at Beaumont Leys school

Careers Leaders programme

Young people from low-income backgrounds are far less likely to have friends and family who can guide them on getting into higher paid professions. Careers leaders make a huge difference in supporting their student’s future and helping them navigate their post-school decisions.

We understand that a personalised approach is needed when it comes to your school’s careers education. By joining our fully-funded Careers Leader programme, we support your nominated careers leader to help your school:

  • create a careers strategy with a whole-school impact
  • build evidence towards the Quality in Careers Award
  • progress towards all eight Gatsby Benchmarks
  • grow your network with other schools and businesses.

Interested in becoming a Careers Leader?

Applications are now open for 2024.

Enquire now

Hear from the careers experts

Our videos feature working professionals from various industries in the UK. Share with your students to give them the knowledge and inspiration to explore new areas of work.

Anastasia Mikulaninec: Global Search Engine Optimisation at Burberry

Hi, I’m Anastasia and I work in Global Search Engine Optimisation (which is SEO) at Burberry. I’m going to tell you a bit about my role, what it’s like to work at Burberry and how I got here.

In Burberry, we believe that creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is an enduring shared belief in the power of creativity to open new possibilities for ourselves, our customers, and our communities. It is grounded in the words of our founded and represents everything that we  stand for and strive towards.

Read more about Anastasia's role in her fact sheet (PDF).

Sneha Kadaba, Head of Creative at Drax

Hi, I’m Sneha and I work as the Head of Creative at Drax. Drax is a British energy company that operates in three core areas: power generation, biomass production and business energy supply. We’re based in multiple locations across the UK and have offices and pellet plants in the US!

My role sits within the marketing team. I’m responsible for running the creative studio, and my team consists of graphic designers and copywriters. We work with colleagues across Drax and create all kinds of exciting things – including brochures, adverts, posters, videos and more. 
 
Read more about Sneha's role in her fact sheet (PDF).

Yuan Potts: TV Producer at Bloomberg

Hi, I'm Yuan and I work as a TV Producer at Bloomberg Television, the leading provider of financial news. The news channel broadcasts 24 hours a day all around the world. Between 6am and 12pm, the channel is broadcasted from the European headquarters in central London. There are around 4,000 people who work in the London office.

Read more about Yuan's role in his fact sheet (PDF).

Holly Davies: Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls Royce

Hi, I’m Holly and I work as a Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce makes systems that produce power, such as engines for planes, trains and nuclear submarines. It is based in Derby but has sites all over the world with over 50,000 employees worldwide. 

Read more about Holly's role in her fact sheet (PDF).

Watch more virtual talks

Need more inspiration?

To access our full range of career talks and fact sheets, email our student enrichment team at studentenrichment@teachfirst.org.uk.

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Leadership and knowledge masterclasses

Watch our leadership and knowledge masterclasses, delivered by experts from our corporate partners. These video masterclasses will enhance your leadership skills and offer you the latest knowledge on apprenticeships and green sector jobs.

Join our Careers Leader programme

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