Careers Hub expansion across all West of England schools following funding

Education | Funding | Growth | South West

More young people across the region will be inspired and better prepared for the world of work, with the expansion of the West of England Careers Hub.

The Careers Hub was launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in September 2018, to initially work with 25 schools and colleges across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Thanks to a successful start, the Hub has now been awarded a further £166,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company, allowing it to work with all 70 mainstream schools and colleges across the West of England.

Six Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) schools will also become part of the Careers Hub, with the support of the National Grid.

The schools and colleges will be supported to improve knowledge and understanding of career opportunities and experiences of the workplace for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “We’re really pleased to be extending our Careers Hub to every school and college, including special schools. The Hub works to improve careers advice and work experience for pupils, inspiring them to be ambitious and preparing them for their future careers.

“The Careers Hub is at the heart of my ambition for economic growth that benefits every resident. I want all our young people to realise their potential, by ensuring they know what the world of work can offer them, and have the right skills for our region’s employers.

“I’ve visited a number of the Careers Hub schools and it’s fantastic to see how we’re nurturing and developing the raw talent of our region’s young people.”

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