Gatsby benchmark 6 encapsulates the need for every student to have the opportunity for work experience by the age of 16 and an additional opportunity by age 18. This should lead them to a greater depth of understanding about the world of work.
There is recognition that the achievement of this benchmark will be challenging during these difficult and evolving times and Careers Leaders will need to use their professional judgment when assessing whether the quality of the encounters and experiences that students undertake contribute to the achievement of the benchmarks.
The Gatsby Benchmarks hold the same level of relevance in an online world and continue to work as a framework for quality careers guidance. The Compass tool questions have not changed, however, and Careers Leaders should refer to the Meaningful Encounters Framework and checklist and the Gatsby Benchmark Toolkits for schools and colleges to support them in their judgement.
A key concern for staff, parents and employers when considering work experience placements is the Health and Safety of the young person. Different sectors will require different risk assessments depending on the role being undertaken. More information is available here.