Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

About our services for schools and colleges

Hertfordshire County Council Services for Young People provides impartial information, advice and guidance, work experience and work-related learning, and personal and social development opportunities for young people.

About our services for schools and colleges

Services for Young People supports learning organisations to ensure young people have access to accurate information and a high-quality programme of careers education, work-related learning and personal development.

As well as schools and colleges our services are also available to other learning providers such as education support centres (ESCs), hospitals and training providers.

Helping you meet your statutory responsibilities for securing independent, impartial guidance for your students

The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012. This duty was extended in 2013 to include year 8 to year 13. The guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given. It should also include information on options available in respect of 16-18 education or training, including apprenticeships.

Schools need to make arrangements for impartial careers guidance that fits the needs and circumstances of their students, and will need to engage in partnership with external, expert providers to fulfil this statutory duty.

However, Hertfordshire Local Authority will retain the responsibility to ensure young people with SEND are assessed under Section 139A of the Learning and Skills Act. Services for Young People undertakes this duty on behalf of Hertfordshire Local Authority.

About our staff 

Services for Young People is Matrix Accredited (see below) with fully-qualified advisers who:

  • are experienced in delivering individualised, impartial careers, information, advice and guidance to young people and their parents/carers
  • are knowledgeable about local, regional and national opportunities with access to a wealth of up-to-date information
  • are skilled in tailoring careers information, advice and guidance to individual needs
  • can draw in additional resources to support individual needs
  • have current, enhanced DBS clearance
  • receive regular performance management and supervision


Our services for schools and colleges

Services for Young People will help you achieve the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.

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Work-related learning and work experience

We can source employers for a range of workplace visits, work-related learning and work experience (including virtual placements).

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We offer a comprehensive range of careers education groupwork from Key Stages 2 to 5:

All our groupwork sessions have been mapped to the CDI Career Development Framework (see below) to enable pupils to build their careers development skills successfully.

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Support for your school

Supporting you to ensure your students have access to accurate information and a high quality programme of careers education.

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Further support for your students

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