Education Secretary announces £2.5m boost to Careers Hubs in 20 areas

The Secretary of State for Education has announced the expansion of a successful model helping to transform careers education around the country. GOV.UK reports

Last year, The Careers & Enterprise Company launched the first 20 Careers Hubs across England. Each Hub brings together a group of up to 40 schools and colleges to improve careers support for young people in their area.

Schools and colleges in this first wave of Careers Hubs are already outperforming the national average across all aspects of careers education.

After two terms, schools and colleges which are part of the first wave of Hubs are:

  • outperforming the national average on every single one of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance;
  • the majority (58%) are providing every student with regular encounters with employers;
  • the majority (52%) are providing every student with workplace experiences such as work experience, shadowing or workplace visits.

Most striking is that improvements are strongest in disadvantaged areas, including in Careers Hubs located in Tees Valley, Lancashire, the Black Country and Liverpool City Region.

The announcement today is for a second wave of 18 new and two expanded Careers Hubs, backed by a further £2.5m investment. Just over 1,300 secondary schools and colleges (around a quarter of those in England) will now benefit from being part of a Careers Hub.

Careers Hubs bring together schools and colleges with employers, universities, training providers and career professionals to improve outcomes for young people, through a relentless focus on best practice.

Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, said: “It is so important that young people get to see and know about a range of different jobs and careers so they can see the possible opportunities out there. Good careers education is such a valuable asset that helps children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy rewarding lives.

Careers Hubs bring together schools, colleges, universities and employers to share their expertise and improve the careers education on offer to make sure young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents.”

Read the full article and read where the hubs will be Education Secretary announces £2.5m boost to Careers Hubs in 20 areas 

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