What We Do

One of the biggest challenges facing the FE Colleges currently is meeting and administering the Government’s newly introduced Gatsby Benchmarks. Government Strategy states that students should hear from employers regarding the relevance of their trainng in the work place. This should be delivered to small groups and individuals, allowing a greater understanding of career options.

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 career guidance requests from Stockport’s FE Colleges with local employers, helping them to meet their Gatsby benchmarks. 

Supporting Gander can help your business to: meet it’s corporate social responsibility targets, contribute to upskilling your employees and help your business to engage with the local community whilst providing young people with a broader view of their career options.

Gander matches its partners to relevant requests from Colleges, enabling discussions and presentations to small groups of students, in some circumstances this may include 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