At an event at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium today, the Rt. Hon. Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, met representatives from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)’s newly-launched Careers Hub, and some of the Cornerstone Employers it is working with. He also had a chance to talk to students from Beaumont Leys School, and heard about the experiences they’ve been able to access through the LLEP Careers Hub.
The purpose of the event was to outline to the Secretary of State the work of the Hub and the progress being made with Cornerstone Employers. Engagement with these businesses is one of the key tenets of the government’s careers strategy.
They work with local schools and colleges to ensure that all young people are not only prepared for the world of work, but inspired to achieve their potential once they leave education.
Cornerstone Employers can be large or small. What they have in common is their commitment to education and to seeing the next generation of the British workforce thrive.
By tapping into their professional networks, they can help schools offer a wealth of employment experiences and opportunities to their students. Cornerstone Employers that the LLEP Careers Hub is currently working with are East Midlands Airport, Leicester City Football Club, Dunelm and AXA PPP Healthcare.
Investment in careers education, which is administrated by the Careers and Enterprise Company, has enabled great strides to be made in schools and colleges in Leicester and Leicestershire. Schools working with the LLEP Careers Hub have made significant progress across all Gatsby Benchmarks – the system used to measure the effectiveness of careers education.
As a result, Leicester and Leicestershire is one of the top three Careers Hubs in the country for progress against the Gatsby benchmarks. This is a significant achievement, particularly as the region is one of the first twenty to be granted a Hub in the initial wave of the programme’s implantation.
The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, said:
“It is so important that young people get to 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.
“The Leicester and Leicestershire 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.
“This investment will give thousands more young people access to expert careers guidance as they take those first exciting steps into their future.”
Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:
“Careers education is improving across the country with disadvantaged areas performing the strongest. The accelerated progress in Careers Hubs such as Leicester and Leicestershire shows the strength of the new model to deliver high quality careers support for young people. We are delighted to launch the next wave of Careers Hubs next week covering a total of 1,300 schools and colleges, and ensuring more young people get the vital support and opportunities they need.”
Gerarde Manley, LLEP Careers Hub Manager, said:
“We’re very happy to host the Secretary of State for Education at our Cornerstone Employers meeting, as it gives us the chance to underline the extraordinary success we’re achieving at the LLEP Careers Hub. I’m very proud of the progress we’ve made against the Gatsby benchmarks, and am confident that we can continue this into the future.
“Working with Cornerstone Employers allows us to link together everything we do to improve careers education. I’d also like to thank our Careers Hub schools for their tireless dedication and determination to inspire young people around careers and enterprise. In the end, careers education is about giving young people the opportunity to achieve all they want in life.”
Beaumont Leys School, some of whose students were at today’s event, is lead school for the LLEP Careers Hub. Tom is a year 10 student at Beaumont Leys. He said:
“I thought the session today was quite informative. I want to go into politics after I leave education, and it gave me an idea of what it’s all about. It was great to meet the Secretary of State for Education, he gave me an insight into what I need to do when I’m older to get into my chosen career. It also gave me the idea of having a back-up plan in case politics doesn’t work out for me, and it was great to hear the options that are available to me.”
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