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What is the D2N2 Employability Framework?

The D2N2 Employability Framework is a roadmap designed to significantly improve the employability and life skills of our young people regardless of academic ability or which career pathway they chose to take.

Collectively schools, colleges, training providers, companies, social enterprises, and both the public and private sectors have a duty to ensure that we give our young people the best chance to gain employment and at the same time addressing the skills needs of employers within our area.


The D2N2 Employability Framework is made up of six key propositions:

  1. Every young person leaving school in D2N2 to have at least six purposeful and impact-measured employer interventions by the time they reach 16.
  2. Every young person will have access to impartial, independent, and personalised careers education which includes information and advice on the full range of opportunities available to them within their local community and our region.
  3. Every secondary school will have access to a dedicated Enterprise Advisor who works with the school at a strategic level to help them to:
    • Develop a publicised Careers, Enterprise and Employability Policy.
    • Develop a careers, enterprise and employability action plan with clear targets and impact measures.
    • Align the organisation values and vision to the goals of the Framework.
    • Have a dedicated senior leader committed to employability with an allocation of resource and attention to Careers, Enterprise and Employability.
    • Have a Careers/employability co-ordinator with lead responsibility for careers, enterprise and employability.
  4. Every secondary school will have a governor with oversight for monitoring and reviewing the impact and success of support to all students in relation to Careers, Enterprise, and Employability.
  5. Every secondary school and college will have access to up-to-date, user friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) specific to the D2N2 locality.
  6. Every secondary school will commit to delivering the D2N2 Employability Framework.


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