Embargoed until 00.01am Thursday 12th July 2018
Humber announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education
Humber one of 20 areas across country to receive boost in preparing young people for world of work
The Humber is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people.
The Humber Careers Hubs will be made up of 26 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.
Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.
The Government asked The Careers & Enterprise Company to scale up a model successfully piloted in the North East by establishing 20 Careers Hubs across the country, allocating £5 million over a two-year period to support the Hubs.
The Humber Hub will have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This includes:
A launch event for the Humber Careers Hub will take place at the North East Lincolnshire Skills Fair on Thursday 12th July at the Grimsby Auditorium between 10am and 2pm.
This event is the largest careers event in the local authority and is designed to support young people aged 14/15 years in making their future progression plans. This aspirational event will be attended by employers, education and training providers and the Humber LEP.
Stephen Savage, Chair of the LEP Employment and Skills Board said:
“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the 20 pilot careers hubs in the country. This achievement builds on the significant work the LEP has been leading on, working closely with our four local authority partners in improving the access to high quality, impartial careers advice in our region.
“This approach includes the further investment in the Bridging the Gap careers portal, an online resource open to all which includes education and training courses, labour market information linked to future job growth and information on finance and support. We look forward to working with our 26 schools and provider partners to develop additional career opportunities for our young people in the Humber.”
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:
“We’re excited by the potential impact of the Hubs. If employers, schools and colleges can better prepare young people for the world of work, we’re not just benefiting the future economy, but improving prospects for thousands of young people.”
Notes to editors:
A competitive and open bidding process was launched national in April, and the Hubs will launch in September. A total of 30 out of 39 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas applied to become Careers Hubs.
The Careers & Enterprise Company evaluated bids according to the level of need in an area, the wider benefit of the proposals to the area and the strength of leadership. All bids were moderated by independent assessors.