Humber region selected for new 'Careers Hub' to boost job prospects

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 12 Jul 2018

The Humber has been selected as one of 20 locations for a ‘Careers Hub’ to help boost career education for young people.

The regional hub will be made up of 26 schools and colleges, working together with universities, training providers and employers to help prepare people for the world of work.

The bidding process to become a Careers Hub was competitive, and the Humber was one of 20 regions selected out of 30 entrants.

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.

“We look forward to working with our 26 schools and provider partners to develop additional career opportunities for our young people in the Humber.”

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Careers Hubs are a government initiative aimed at boosting career education for young people.

The scheme was successfully piloted in the north east of England, and has now been rolled out across the country.

Schools and colleges will be able to benefit from the hub in a number of ways.

Bursaries will be available to train ‘careers leaders’ who can lead sessions with pupils on how to get the vital first step on the ladder.

Schools will also be able to access funding to support visits and meetings with some of the region’s top employers.

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding Council, said: “This announcement is excellent news for young people in both the East Riding and the wider Humber region.

“Having access to good careers education is vitally important in supporting young people into the world of work and in encouraging growth in our local economy for decades to come.”

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A launch event for the Humber Careers Hub has taken place in Grimsby today (Thursday, July 12).

The event was the largest careers event in the local authority and is designed to support young people aged 14 and 15 in making their future progression plans.

It was attended by employers, education and training providers and the Humber LEP.

Hull City Councillor Peter Clark, portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding, said: “This is fantastic news for the city and the region.

“This new pilot will provide young people with improved quality and more access to careers advice and guidance to build their skills, confidence and knowledge about the world of work, enabling them to make informed choices about their future prospects and aspirations.”

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