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The Humber area has once again been acknowledged as having one of the best standards of careers education in the country, a report published today (Friday, September 20) has shown.

The State of the Nation report by the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is an assessment of how schools and colleges are performing against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, which measure the quality of careers education and guidance.

Across the last 12 months, the Humber’s score has risen from an average of 3 benchmarks last year to 3.5 this year, which is once again above the national average score. This means the Humber’s schools are receiving a good standard of careers education.

The Humber LEP currently supports careers education and guidance in schools and colleges through a partnership with the CEC, which includes the Humber Careers Hub and the Employer Advisor Network.

The Careers Hub is a collaboration between 26 schools in the Humber LEP area who work together with businesses, universities and other organisations to advance careers education and ensure young people are receiving an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

The Employer Advisor Network supports schools in achieving their outcomes in careers and inspires young people across the Humber. It also looks to address the skills gap and develop employability skills by seeing local companies engage with pupils.

Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber LEP, said: “We are thrilled the hard work of the Humber LEP’s Careers Hub has been recognised. We still have a long way to go, but the better prepared we can make young people for the world of work, the more skilled and dedicated our workforce can become across the Humber.

“I’d like to thank all our partners – including the schools we’ve engaged with and the Employer Advisors who give up their time to provide careers support for young people – for helping to ensure young people in the Humber have the best careers guidance and education possible.”

One of the Humber Enterprise Advisers, Phil McConnell, who is Deputy Partnership Director at ENGIE in Grimsby, said: “I am extremely proud and excited to continue work as an Enterprise Advisor and be a part of this valuable programme, as it gives me a sense of personal satisfaction to be helping young people consider how they will progress once they have left full time education.

“I also recognise the great advantage to business and industry to ensure that we help schools and their students to understand which skills, attitudes and behaviours are really important to us that will complement their academic achievements when they enter the workplace. We cannot expect schools to do this alone and must become involved if we are to expect the future workforce to contribute fully.”

Rob MacNaught, HR Business Partner at RB Healthcare UK in Hull, said: “I got involved as an Enterprise Advisor because I think it is extremely important that young people receive as much careers advice as possible. Working in HR, we often see young people who are not confident and prepared for interviews or the world of work. It is therefore really important that we prepare young people for the world of work, ensure they have encounters with employers so they are aware of the vast array of career pathways out there.

“Like technology, the recruitment landscape is always changing and therefore we need to work with schools and colleges to ensure they are aware and appreciate what employers are looking for from future candidates.”

Employer Adviser Brendon Smurthwaite, of Hull-based communications and IT provider KCOM, said: “As a business at the heart of our local community we take part in dozens of careers guidance events for schools and colleges across the region. We believe it’s incredibly important to work with organisations such as the LEP to inspire the next generation and let them know about the huge range of opportunities that exist within a company such as ours.

“Our aim is to help as many young people as possible reach their full potential. This will not only benefit each individual but also create a talented and enthusiastic workforce that will benefit the whole region for decades to come.”

If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Advisor, please contact Fiona Headridge, Career Hub Lead, at

Read the full report here.