Over 19,000 young people across York and North Yorkshire will benefit from new support to prepare them for the world of work.
The local Careers Hub, run by the national body for careers education, The Careers & Enterprise Company in partnership with the York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is expanding to support 34 more schools across the region.
Operating since 2018, the Careers Hub will now support a total of 68 secondary schools in the region and their 45,000 students. The Hub brings together school staff, particularly those who lead on careers education, and provides them with additional support, resources and training for their schools to deliver “modern, 21st century careers education for every child, no matter their background or circumstance”.
The Careers Hub also links the region’s schools with employers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship and in-work training providers, to make sure young people in the region know about the options available to them after they leave education, and the different jobs open to them.
Research carried out by The Careers & Enterprise Company shows that schools and colleges that are part of a Careers Hub deliver more support to students, have stronger links with local employers, offer more work experience opportunities and develop innovative ways of linking the curriculum with different jobs a student could go on to do.
Over the next year, the York and North Yorkshire Careers Hub plans to work in partnership with the Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge programme, providing vital careers and skills information on Apprenticeships, T Levels and Traineeships, showcasing the pathways and range of opportunities open to all young people across York and North Yorkshire.
Sam Alexander, Chair of York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership Skills and Employability Board, said:
“This expansion provides a fantastic opportunity to support schools and colleges to work collaboratively, share best careers practices, build strong and sustainable relationships with businesses to drive high quality careers provision. Supporting our area ambition to ensure every young person is equipped to make quality decisions about education and employment, putting careers at the heart of future growth for a greener, fairer, stronger economy.”
Oli de Botton, the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, the national body for careers education in England, said: “modern, 21st century careers education for every child, no matter their background or circumstance couldn’t be more important.
“Over the last few years schools and colleges across the country have been improving careers education, and helping more and more of their young people to take their best next step out of education and into the wider world.
“Careers Hubs have played an incredibly important role in making this happen. They are helping businesses, schools, apprenticeship providers and colleges to collaborate and work together as effectively as possible. I want to say a huge congratulations to the team in York and North Yorkshire for making this happen, and for expanding their Careers Hub so it helps to improve the lives of many more young people in the area.”
Minister for Skills, Alex Burghart MP, said: “Careers Hubs ensure young people can see and know about the huge range of different jobs and career pathways on offer, and make decisions that work best for them and their futures.
"Good careers education is such a valuable asset, so it's fantastic to see that the Careers Hub in North Yorkshire and York is expanding, extending the support to make sure more young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents."