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Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub will be made up of 20 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 in Local Enterprise Partnership areas across the country, allocating £5 million over a two-year period to support the Hubs.

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Hub will have access to support and funding to help it 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 £1,000 per school or college
· Access to funding for schools to support employer encounters

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP chairman David Frost CBE said:

The LEP’s key aims include raising skills levels and creating more and better paid jobs in priority sectors of our local economy such as advanced manufacturing and technology.

The new Careers Hub will play an important role in informing and equipping young people so that they can take full advantage of the fulfilling and rewarding careers of the future, develop their skills and help our area prosper.”

Wendy Dean, the LEP board member leading on education and skills, said:

We are delighted that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has been selected to develop a Careers Hub. It will assist us in linking local employers with all the education and training providers, from schools to universities, and ensure that our young people get the best possible careers education.”

Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for education and learning, said:

It is hugely important that young people in Staffordshire are as prepared as they can be when they begin their careers. By improving facilities in schools and colleges and building professional networks between them and industry we can make sure people entering the workplace get the best start.

This will complement the successful work already taking place with the advanced manufacturing and engineering skills hub, providing the learning opportunities necessary to enter employment in our key sector industries.”

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.”