One of the biggest challenges facing the FE Colleges currently is meeting and administering the governments newly introduced Gatsby Benchmarks. Government Strategy states that students should listen to an employer talking about how that subject is relevant in the work place and to be delivered to groups where a meaningful engagement takes place.

GATSBY working with Gander

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of good career guidance:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal Guidance


Gander matches its partners to relevant requests from Colleges, enabling discussions and presentations to small groups of students, in some circumstances this may require 1:1 mentoring, interview skills and career sampling.

The business areas requested for presentations in 2019 so far have included:

Foreign Languages in Business, ie Translations, Interpreters, Airport Meet & Greet, Presentations to suppliers.

Economics: The role of the trade union and the impact they can have on equal opps, collective bargaining in the business and the role in the labour market.

Sports Marketing: Mock Interview for student looking to work in marketing in the sports industry

Criminology: An Inspiring talk about a career linked to the study of Criminology, someone who works in the police, a prison administrator, and a social worker.

Psychology: An Inspiring talk about how theories learnt in Psychology can be used in the workplace. a private practitioner, social worker and recruitment consultant – psychometric profiling.)

Business: New Start Up Business, finance, the business idea, the market, sourcing supplies, staff considerations, marketing etc and put together a business plan.

Geography: A talk to Geography students about the development of Redrock in Stockport from why the decision was taken, to the planning and design. Is it a success?

Religion: An Inspiring talk to Religious Studies students about careers relating to Religious Studies eg. explaining the work of a Chaplin in the Army


Events & Activities


February 2020

National Apprenticeships Week


March 2020

National Careers Week


March 2020

The Cheadle College Careers Enrichment Day


March 2020

Marple Sixth Form College Careers Enrichment Day


June 2020

National Higher Education Day


June 2020

Aquinas College Careers Day


June 2020

Women in Engineering Day