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Careers in the curriculum

Support for careers and work-related experiences (CWRE) in the Curriculum for Wales.

CWRE is one of five cross-cutting themes within the Curriculum for Wales for learners aged 3 to 16.

Effective CWRE consists of careers education embedded across the areas of learning which is supported by a range of work-related learning experiences.

CWRE enables learners to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for the challenges and opportunities of further learning and the world of work.

From the age of 3, CWRE should inspire learners to:

  • Develop an understanding of the purpose of work in life for themselves and society
  • Become increasingly aware of the range of opportunities available to them
  • Develop the attitudes and behaviours required to overcome barriers to employability, career management and lifelong learning
  • Explore opportunities through a variety of meaningful experiences in learning, work and entrepreneurship
  • Develop resilience and the ability to be adaptable in response to challenges, choices and responsibilities of work and life

Professional Learning

We have developed several professional learning resources that you may find useful when designing and planning careers and work-related experiences in your curriculum.

There are resources on Hwb for primary teachers, secondary teachers, headteachers and governing bodies, those working with learners who have Additional Learning Needs and those studying to be a teacher or NQTs (newly qualified teachers).

We have also developed a Labour Market Information resource that gives teachers and practitioners an understanding of Labour Market Information, an integral element of CWRE.

Tools and information to support CWRE planning

Statutory guidance

Get information about the statutory guidance for careers and work-related experiences (CWRE)

Curriculum support

Find out about the services we offer to support teachers and bring together schools and employers.


Find information to help governing bodies understand their role in supporting schools with careers and work-related experiences (CWRE).