Close collaboration with a wide range of partners has seen Humber LEP lead on the skills agenda by creating and expanding a number of innovative and far-reaching projects during 2018/2019.
As one of only 12 licensed awarding bodies which can award the Quality in Careers Standard, as well as being the only LEP to achieve this licence, we have worked with education and training partners including to create higher standards in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. We have now supported a total of 34 institutions to achieve the standard, while a further 31 are working towards the Quality in Careers Standard. Our first Skills Humber event in March saw over 4,000 visitors seeking labour market information to make informed careers choices.
We have also continued to work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company, with our Employer Enterprise Advisors working to provide key advice for business while working at a strategic level with schools to embed excellence in careers advice and activities.
Meanwhile, our Careers Hub is also going from strength to strength. In April the Humber region achieved the second highest level of Gatsby Benchmarks, which rates levels of quality in careers education, at a rate of 3.0. Currently 26 institutions across the region incorporate a Careers Hub as part of their provision.
This year there was also a boost for the Humber Employability Passport Framework, with extra funding announced from the Humber ESF-funded Skills Support for the Workforce programme to support a further 25 Humber providers to develop and validate a passport.
There was also further positive development with the Springboard Project, delivered by the Humber Learning Consortium and funded through European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative, which secured an additional investment of £5.42m to ensure the youth unemployment project can run in Hull until July 2022. The project has so far engaged with 3,100 young people, with 1,042 individuals progressing into work or further education.
Our Employment and Skills Board and specialist working groups continue to set ambitious but achievable targets. The creation of the new Economic Inclusion Group, which brings together the former 50+ working group and the Health and Social Care working group, will look into subjects including long-term unemployment, disabilities, mental health and youth unemployment.
Meanwhile, the unique Talent Forum, a group of 33 HR professionals who share knowledge with the LEP, has supported employment and skills activities by sharing their skills requirements, while working with key partners such as the University of Hull on their research into older workers. Though we have come a long way in the Humber and our hard work has been recognised this year, we still recognise that the transformation of the skills profile of our region will take a longer time period – however with these collaborative, effective and strong partnerships we will achieve more. We shall continue striving towards our long-term goal of an appropriately skilled and productive workforce.
24,396 learners supported
11,676 learners supported in workplace skills
3,700m2 new of refurbished training space
35 school, college and training provider Employability Passport validations