Aspiring Young People 

Ensuring current and future generations are equipped with the skills they need for the workplace is key to increasing employment.

With our population ageing faster than the national average, we  are increasing our area’s reputation as a careers destination so that we can retain the skilled and talented workforce required for growing local business

Businesses are being encouraged to take-up of high quality apprenticeships and internships, and to improve their links with education providers,

We are also helping to connect young people to careers guidance and job opportunities, and working towards increasing graduate retention in our area.

You can see all of our latest skills projects and who to contact in this document.


Leading Careers Guidance

The Leading Careers Guidance toolkit has been developed by the LEP Careers Strategy Group. It will help schools understand and embed the national expectations and statutory guidance on careers, including Gatsby Benchmarks, by signposting to fully funded local resources and support.

Leading Careers Guidance will support Senior Leaders and Careers Leaders in their approach to the challenges of reviewing whole school careers guidance by, planning to meet National Careers Strategy key actions, implementing National statutory guidance and evaluating the impact of high quality whole school careers guidance.

Use of the toolkit will also allow schools to support the York North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP aspiration of, ‘increasing employability by connecting business to education’; and to ‘build skills, attitudes and ambition to help people access jobs and progress in them’. You can access the toolkit HERE

Connecting Businesses to Schools


Working with The Careers and Enterprise Company, we are helping recruit a network of high calibre business people to become voluntary Enterprise Advisers working with schools across our area.

It is an opportunity to help inspire the next generation and develop our future workforce by matching the skills learnt in school and colleges to those needed by employers.

Advisers work closely with senior leadership teams in local schools and colleges to support the development of their careers and enterprise strategies and employer engagement plans by drawing on their local business networks.

Each Enterprise Adviser works with a school or college on a one-to-one basis and are supported by our Enterprise Coordinators throughout the project.

Click here to find out more about this project and how you can become a part of it. You can also find out more at and contact [email protected]

Not in Education, Employment or Training

Not in Education, Employment or training (NEET)

We know that the long term effects of people becoming Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) remain long after compulsory education. Those who become NEET after Year 11 are more likely to remain disadvantaged in their educational attainment, be unemployed or in lower paid jobs and have a higher risk of poor physical and mental health than their peers.

NEET is a European Social Fund (ESF) project, managed by Prospects Services and delivered through a network of local partners in Ryedale, Scarborough, Hambleton and Richmondshire and through the Leeds City Region LEP contract in Selby, Craven, Harrogate and York. It works preventatively with young people in school identified as vulnerable to becoming NEET and those aged 16-19 (24 for those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities) who are not in education employment or training.

The project aims to help individual young people re-engage with learning and improve employability and personal skills to enable them to progress successfully into work or further learning, and improve their chances of becoming employed or starting an Apprenticeship.

Quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Prospect Services are delivering a project across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding schools to support quality Careers, Information and Guidance . Prospects will work with schools and colleges to provide a locally-tailored menu of activity which  includes;

  • Support to schools wishing to achieve a recognised CEIAG quality standard
  • Individual or group information and guidance (IAG)
  • Career pathway events
  • Engagement activity to link schools with employers
  • Employability activities
  • Promotion of Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (STEM)
  • Development of stakeholder programmes and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For more information you can call the Prospects ESF team on 01924 371579

Want to find out more?

You can find more details of our projects and the wider offer to help enable good quality  Careers Education Information and guidance here.