North East Ambition

Inspiration and aspiration for schools in our area

A programme of activity centred around the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, currently being piloted, will ensure that all schools in the region are achieving the Benchmarks by 2024 and making use of the full range of information, advice and guidance (IAG) services and activities available.

If you would like to download the North East Ambition Toolkit, please visit this page.


On 14 July 2017, we launched North East Ambition. You can view the presentation from the launch event here.


Good Career Guidance Benchmarks pilot

Core to our ‘North East Ambition’ programme of activity is the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks pilot. We were selected to run this four-year pilot by Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Foundation, which is funding the scheme.

The national pilot is testing eight Benchmarks that have been generated following a research project conducted by Sir John Holman. Sir John and his team identified the key elements of ‘good career guidance’ after visiting the Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, Finland, Canada and Ireland, all of which have strong international reputations for careers guidance. The research project showed that there is no ‘magic bullet’, and success in careers education can only be achieved if these eight Benchmarks work together in harmony.

Sixteen North East schools and colleges are participating in the pilot, which started with them assessing themselves against each Benchmark, and then delivering interventions to improve this assessment.

Schools will help to identify any barriers and look at how they can be overcome, as well as generate case studies from the North East to create a new model for supporting schools and colleges than can be rolled out to other LEP areas nationally.

The pilot commenced in 2015 and will continue until 2017.

Click to find out which schools are taking part

Read more about the eight Benchmarks

For more information about the pilot, contact:

Ryan Gibson

Facilitator for the Career Benchmarks Pilot
0191 338 7444
[email protected]

Enterprise Advisers – Linking schools with the world of work

One of the Benchmarks focuses on improving young peoples’ interaction with the ‘world of work’.  We are leading the Enterprise Adviser programme for the North East LEP area, with the aim of embedding business leaders into secondary schools and colleges on a voluntary basis to help teachers shape the delivery of careers education.

North East schools from Berwick to Durham are participating, and we would welcome schools to get in touch who aren’t already participating. Together, schools and colleges and business leaders are looking to refine the way schools and the world of work interact, examine their enterprise strategies and fill any gaps.

Enterprise Advisers are the cornerstone of The Career and Enterprise Company’s national programme. Our Advisers are part of a nationwide network of high calibre volunteers with experience of employment or self employment. They work with one of our Enterprise Co-ordinators to support schools and colleges to navigate the range of possible employer interactions and to help them create a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement.

To become an Enterprise Adviser, or find out how we could work with your school are college, contact our Enterprise Co-ordinator team:


Denis Heaney

Enterprise Co-ordinator, Enterprise Adviser Programme
0191 338 7447
[email protected]



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Lindsey Peek

Enterprise Co-ordinator, Enterprise Adviser Programme
0191 338 7438
[email protected]

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