Careers Hub Sets New Sights for Young People in the Region

Students from Millthorpe School joined forces with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to launch the Careers Hub on Wednesday 10th October 2018. Speaking to representatives from 35 schools from across the region, Louella Rebbeck and Theo Steele shared the valuable experience they gained from undertaking work placements in commercial theatre production, highlighting the responsibility they experienced, the new skills they learnt and the benefits their experience will have for them in the future. To conclude his speech, Theo said “It’s an opportunity I’m glad I got to have and wish everyone could have. If asked to do it again, I’d say yes every time.”

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) won their bid for the region to host one of 20 Careers Hubs in England, designed to help transform careers education for young people.  Central to the LEP strategy for tackling the aging demographic and enabling economic growth in the region, is ensuring that young people are knowledgeable and inspired by the diverse career routes that are available in the region. The Careers Hub will work to ensure that schools, students and parents understand the value of all available destination routes out of secondary education and that young people are getting the right support to progress into their chosen career path.

The Hub is made up of 35 schools and colleges which will work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company to improve careers education. The Government’s National Careers Strategy sets a standard for all schools and colleges to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, standards of excellence in careers education. NYBEP, lead delivery partner of Careers Hub support programmes, will work with schools to build bespoke programmes of careers education, addressing the specific needs of students within individual schools and addressing gaps in provision that will help schools to achieve against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

As well as providing schools with access to support and funding, the Hub will play a crucial role in developing networks between schools, so that experience and best practice can be shared. Millthorpe School in York, is the lead school for the York, North Yorkshire Careers Hub. Tim Gillbanks, Deputy Head of Millthorpe School, said,

“Schools’ most important role is to send out well rounded, polite, curious and inquisitive young people who have aspiration and employability skills. To achieve that, schools need to work together, with enthusiasm and passion, to build relationships with businesses and create opportunities for our young people. I am very much looking forward to doing that.”

Partnership with local businesses can help schools to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. The lead business in the Careers Hub is Sirius Minerals, based on the North Yorkshire Coast. The £3.2 billion project by Sirius Minerals to construct the Woodsmith Mine, positions it as a large employer for the region, for the long term. The company is committed to bringing opportunity to young people in their local community, delivering an Education Outreach programme which has engaged with over 80 schools and 10,000 young people in the area. The project aims to support careers provision in schools and colleges and raise the profile of the science, technology, engineering and maths careers available.

Matt Parsons, External Affairs Manager at Sirius Minerals, speaking at the Careers Hub launch, said

“We want to engage the spark in young people by increasing their skills and aspirations towards STEM and other career opportunities. We are delighted to be the lead employer in the Careers Hub and want to show good practice to help others get involved.”

Jane Hinkins, Personal Development Coordinator at Harrogate Grammar School said,

“This is an exciting opportunity to build a network and grow our confidence as Careers Leads in schools. We need to understand and act fast to keep up with the changing world of careers, ensuring that parents and students know about the huge breadth of careers out there.”

Alongside the Careers Hub, the LEP have also developed a ‘Leading Careers Guidance’ toolkit, which eases the way for schools to meet the standards of careers education required by the Department for Education. The LEP is also working to develop Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship provision in the region, with an Apprenticeship Hub to be announced later this year.