FSB is delighted at the announcement that four out of the twenty new Career Hubs will be in Yorkshire and the North East. Leeds City Region LEP, Humber LEP, Tees Valley LEP and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP were all selected to be one of the new hubs. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership, which piloted the scheme, will also have its funding continued.
During the trial the percentage of the region’s young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) halved during the period, according to the Social Mobility Commission. The majority of schools in the area also managed to meet most of the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ standards for excellent careers guidance.
Each Careers Hubs will consist of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education for young people in the region.
Each individual hub will employ a lead to coordinate activity and build networks and funding for schools to improve employer encounters. The “central hub fund” will also provide £1,000 per school or college.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “We want to build a country that works for everyone, with the same opportunities available to all, whatever their background or circumstance. The ability to make informed choices about your future is key to being able to take up opportunities and discover a fulfilling career.
“The Careers Hubs announced today will support young people with the right advice to help them make decisions about their future by building better links with employers and providing practical guidance and support to improve the provision of careers advice in schools.”
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