Schools and Enterprise Advisors from across the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (YNYER LEP) region gathered to celebrate the successes of being part of the Careers Hub.
The Careers Hub model was established in September 2018 by the Careers and Enterprise Company in response to the governments Careers Strategy published in December 2017, aiming to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.
At the time David A Kerfoot MBE DL, chair of the YNYER LEP, 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.”
One year on, the event is a chance for all those people integral to the start-up of this initiative and those who have inputted and interacted with it throughout the year to come together and celebrate their successes, discuss the lessons learnt and challenge, evaluate and share best practises across the schools involved.
The York & North Yorkshire Careers Hub has performed above the national average in delivery of the project and is positively working to further achieve benchmarks in the year to come. Over 19,000 students have been involved in activities across the area and there has been 100 per cent coverage within North Yorkshire secondary schools in the YNYER LEP region.
The Careers Hub is made up of 35 schools, supported by the work of the Careers and Enterprise Company, colleges, universities, training providers, employers and career professionals, all working to improve careers education across the region. It has accessed support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. These include:
- Addressing the needs of the pupils
- Encounters with employers and employees
- A stable careers programme.
Throughout the morning Ryedale and Malton School career leaders shared their journey to achieve all eight benchmarks within their schools.
The YNYER LEP has identified the construction industry as one of its priorities for the region and Lorraine Kirbitson and Amanda Davidson gave an inspiring presentation busting myths about the Construction sector and championing apprenticeships.
Highlighting that young people need to be considered individually, understanding what direction would be right for them and that apprenticeships are a different learning style that will ultimately take them to their chosen career destination via a different pathway.
The work of the Careers Hub in this diverse area has identified a skills gap in this industry and this has been fed into its processes and procedures to address this gap and drive the solutions by delivering careers events and support at schools across the region, aiming to broaden knowledge and raise aspirations around of different pathways into employment and Further and Higher Education, including apprenticeships.
Karleen Dowden, area manager for Careers Enterprise Hub presented a snap shot of the national figures summarising that careers education is improving everywhere, with delivery of significant accelerated progress by the Careers Hubs, “inspiring and preparing young people for the fast changing world of work” additionally saying: “It is fantastic to see so many of the hub schools brought together to share best practice in careers education”.
The feedback from the attending schools was all very positive with the careers advisors from Ripon Grammar saying: “The event is an opportunity to hear about other schools best practices, take them away and where applicable implement them into our own programme. Additionally the event confirms that we are doing the right things for our children and we always come away feeling inspired.”
The event also included a capacity for networking, giving career leaders an opportunity to exchange information and build on their relationships. Working collaboratively is very important for the success of the project and building long lasting connections throughout the network of schools and businesses.