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. We are enabling our young people to take advantage of the opportunities a growing economy presents by connecting schools and local businesses and delivering first class careers guidance that responds to a student’s personal ambitions and circumstances as well as the changing needs of the local economy.

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

The Careers and Enterprise Network | NEET | T:Levels | Careers Strategy


The Careers and Enterprise Network


The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) contracts with the LEP to inspire and prepare young people for the fast changing world of work by connecting students with businesses throughout their school and college education.

In this region, the project works with 60 schools:

  • 35 Schools in the York and North Yorkshire Career Hub (see below for more details)
  • 14 Opportunity Area based schools – Scarborough and the Coast
  • 11 Schools in the wider careers network.


The project links up schools and colleges through the Careers Leader with a volunteer from the business community known as an Enterprise Advisor who helps shape the careers strategy for the school they are assigned to. Together they can work to bring innovative experiences of the workplace to the students. We work with a with a wide range of partners to ensure a collaborative approach to schools and contract with to deliver the CEC project.

We are always looking for businesses to join the network. Especially those that are looking to their future growth and staffing needs to ensure that young people know about their business and the careers and training opportunities on offer, often right on their doorstep.

More details of how you can get involved and become an Enterprise Advisor can be found at:


York and North Yorkshire Career Hub

In 2018 the YNYER LEP was successful in a bid to manage a York and North Yorkshire Career Hub of 35 schools across York and North Yorkshire, in conjunction with managing schools in the wider network and those in the Opportunity Area of Scarborough.

The purpose of the Hub is to work with schools and colleges who have a shared vision of how they will work together to improve outcomes for the young people in their area. The Hub links these schools and colleges with employers, Further Education establishments, apprenticeship- and other providers to help them make progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve outcomes for young people. The Hub is expected to have an impact on the speed and scale of achievements thus better preparing young people for the economic challenges they will face in the future.


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 NYBEP and delivered in Ryedale, Scarborough, Hambleton and Richmondshire. It works with those aged 15-19 (24 for those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities) who are not in education employment or training (NEET) and preventatively with young people in school identified as vulnerable to becoming NEET.

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.

For further information on the NEET programme, please contact the NEET Lead at NYBEP Tel: 01904 567616



T Levels have been designed to prepare students age 16-18 with the technical skills local businesses need now and in the future. They combine classroom studies with an industry placement, based on employer designed standards. The new two year technical Level 3 qualification will provide the knowledge and experience needed for the learner to progress into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

This is a distinct change to the post-16 system industry placements and will allow the student to gain practical employability and occupational skills which are difficult to learn in education alone. Due to the length and robustness of industry placements, high levels of employer engagement and support will be needed.  A placement is a minimum of 45 days or 315 hours.

The first T Levels will start in September 2020 within selected colleges with an initial rollout of specific courses. In the YNYER LEP area 3 colleges (York College, Bishop Burton College and Scarborough Sixth Form College will be in the first wave of provision.

T Levels have been designed to provide the skills industry needs to support the productivity and growth of the economy.  They have been developed in partnership with Government, business and education. 

You can access further national information on T:Levels here:


Careers Strategy

The Careers Strategy Group, made up of stakeholders representing the region whose focus is delivering services to young people across schools and colleges meet quarterly And report to the LEPs Skills and Employability Board.
The key objective of the group is to ensure that activities set out under the Young People strand of the LEP Skills Delivery Plan to improve Careers Guidance in schools, colleges and universities are achieved.

The key objective of the group is to ensure that activities set out under the Young People strand of the LEP Skills Delivery Plan to improve Careers Guidance in schools, colleges and universities are achieved.


Leading Careers Guidance Toolkit

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 toolkitHERE


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.