Services for Young People Hertfordshire Services for Young People

Delivering personal careers guidance

Young person talking to a careers advisor on a one-to-one with computer

Gatsby Benchmark 8

"Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils and be timed to meet their individual needs."

Gatsby summary

  • Has every pupil had at least one interview by the age of 16?
  • Has every pupil had the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18?

We will enable your students to participate in:

  • One to one guidance
  • Action planning with recorded outcomes
  • Exam result day support

We can also provide you with methods to monitor and record students’ progression.

Who benefits?

  • Students in years 7–13 in schools and colleges

Who should purchase these services?

  • Careers Leaders/Coordinators
  • Head of Sixth Form
  • Head of Pastoral Care


Impactful guidance interviews and action plans

In accordance with the statutory duty*, Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Career Development Institute (CDI) recommendations, Services for Young People encourages careers guidance interviews to be a minimum of 45 minutes to ensure that they are impactful, and result in a full typed SMART (specific; measurable; attainable; relevant; and time bound) action plan based on goals, discussion points and action. 

* See the Department for Education's statutory guidance document, page 40.



“I can't stress enough how helpful this meeting was… and how wonderful [the Personal Adviser] was at taking into consideration all of what we discussed in the meeting; [my action plan] is extremely thought out and [it] has taken such a weight off my shoulders due to the reassurance, feedback on my previous plan and clear next steps of what I should be doing to inform my future decisions.”
Young person, East Herts

Interested in finding out more?

To discuss your personalised package and costs, please contact us: