Careers guidance budgets are decided individually by each school, but they are all required to meet the same standards. If employers and organisations can help them meet these standards without using up budget, then they can expect to be taken up on the offer.
According to AllAboutSchoolLeavers research, most teachers (40.3%) have less than £500 to spend on careers guidance events, workshops and face-to-face initiatives.
Most teachers (37.9%) also report they have less than £500 to spend a year on non face-to-face careers guidance resources such as computer programmes and publications. A further 31.3% say they have between £501 and £1,000.
The research also shows that most schools make their budgetary decisions during April (28.9%) and March (19.9%), so any organisation wanting to charge for career guidance services should make contact with teachers at the beginning of the school year.
Regardless of budget, all school pupils must be given independent careers guidance from Year 8 (12-13 year olds) to Year 13 (17-18 year olds). This should be presented in an impartial manner, include information on the range of education or training options (including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways). It should be guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.