Careers guidance success
The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership is among the top performers in the country for work supporting careers guidance.
The YNYER LEP has been ranked sixth overall, out of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships, in England for its educational activity.
Louise Lunn, York and North Yorkshire Careers Hub Manager with the YNYER LEP, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as one of the highest achieving LEPs for the work we do supporting 60 secondary schools in York and North Yorkshire. Our role is to help schools improve careers guidance across eight benchmarks, which have been set at a national level. We’re one the few LEP areas which has seen significant improvements across all eight areas and that illustrates how important local schools are taking careers guidance. It’s vital that young people are prepared to enter the world of work and while we celebrate our positive ranking, the schools themselves must be recognised for driving this work forward for the benefit of their pupils.”
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance, developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance. They include elements such as developing regular contact for pupils with employers and employees and linking curriculum learning with careers.
Louise added: “Our aim is to connect every student with business. We’re doing this with a team of Enterprise Coordinators who link schools with employers. This Careers Week is a good example of the sort of work that is carried out – a secondary school in our patch, for instance, will offer pupils the opportunity to prepare and carry out mock job interviews with public and private sector employers. This sort of activity can only help students shape and inform their career aspirations and choices.”
Data was taken from Careers and Enterprise Company reporting, for the period September 2019 to January 2020. The company has contracts with LEPs across England to help schools deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Dunnington-based construction firm, Simpson, is among local businesses involved with the LEP’s careers hub.
Amanda Davidson, HR Manager at Simpson, said: “Simpson support and work with the LEP’s careers hub as their influence and engagement with education improves our connection with students. These connections allow us to spread the message about the exciting careers in construction, to young people right across the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
“Construction has opportunities for all and it is really important to us to be able to work with the careers hub to communicate to teachers, students and other key influencers, that construction needs diversity. Construction has roles for everyone, we also have the pathways to support people in their careers such as traditional apprenticeships for trades, higher apprenticeships for professional roles and rewarding roles with continued development for those who are already trained.”
The lead school in the programme is Millthorpe School in York. Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Headteacher said: “At Millthorpe, we are very proud to be the lead school in the YNYER LEP. By supporting other schools in the careers hub, we can help others whilst also continually evaluating and improving our own careers provision.”
Schools and businesses interested in learning more about the careers hub and how they can get involved, can contact Louise Lunn at the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership by emailing: [email protected]