Sunday, December 5, 2021

Thousands of young people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to benefit from Careers Hub expansion

Over 92,000 young people across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire 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 D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is expanding to support 118 more schools across the region.

Operating since 2019, the Careers Hub will now support a total of 150 secondary schools and colleges in the region and their 118,000 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 D2N2 Careers Hubs will work with member schools to ensure each has a fit for purpose strategic careers plan while delivering a range of experience events and programmes for young people to access, made possible by the backing of supporting employers.

Will Morlidge, Interim Chief Executive at D2N2 LEP, said: “This exciting initiative couldn’t be better timed. Bringing the worlds of work and education together is a vital part of our strategy to lead a green recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

“Our four Careers Hubs will play a key role in inspiring our future workforce about the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for them across the D2N2 area. It’s no secret that our young people have been disproportionally affected by the effects of Covid-19, so this is a real opportunity to level the playing field.

“It has been a real collaborative effort to bring these Careers Hubs to our region and we look forward to working with all our partners as we look to transform the careers landscape across the D2N2 area.”

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 in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Derby 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, 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 Nottingham, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire is expanding, extending the support to make sure more young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents.”

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