York, North Yorkshire and East Riding announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education

The York, North Yorkshire, East Riding region is one of 20 areas across country to receive boost in preparing young people for world of work

York, North Yorkshire, East Riding (YNYER) is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people.

The YNYER Careers Hub will be made up of 35 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.

The Government asked The Careers & Enterprise Company to scale up a model successfully piloted in the North East by establishing 20 Careers Hubs across the country, allocating £5 million over a two-year period to support the Hubs.

The YNYER Hub will have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This includes:

  • A ‘Hub Lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks
  • Access to bursaries for individual schools and colleges to train ‘careers leaders’
  • Central Hub Fund equivalent to around £1k per school or college
  • Access to funding for schools to support employer encounters

David. A. Kerfoot MBE DL, Chair of the YNYER Enterprise Partnership, the organisation which led the winning bid, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be announced as one of the 20 National Careers Hubs. This is fantastic news for our region, bringing new and exciting prospects to young people across our unique geography.

“Our future, and theirs, depends on the links we can create between business and schools and the opportunities these connections produce.

“Our regions young people will need skills in teamwork, initiative, confidence, organisation, communication and problem solving. The Careers Hub will bring together education and the world of work to create our future business leaders.”

YNYER Enterprise Partnership worked closely with schools and businesses across the region in developing their bid, and would like to thank and acknowledge their support. This success reflects the aspirations and value of partnership working across the region.

Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head at Milthorpe School, the lead school from York involved in the bid, said:

“Quality Career Education, Advice and Guidance for students is at the heart of everything we do at Millthorpe. We look forward to working alongside other schools in North Yorkshire in equipping students with the skills and advice they need for their future careers.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“We’re excited by the potential impact of the Hubs. If employers, schools and colleges can better prepare young people for the world of work, we’re not just benefiting the future economy, but improving prospects for thousands of young people.”

YNYER Enterprise Partnership will be launching the Hub in September. The Hub forms a central part of a much wider provision of skills and vocational learning that the organisation is championing across the region. Earlier this week a ‘Careers Guidance Toolkit’ was also launched and followed on from the organisation’s Annual Conference on the 6th July which championed apprenticeships, and particularly STEM apprenticeships, as viable career options for both boys and girls leaving school.

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