The Humber LEP continues to work in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), to support residents throughout the Humber in gaining access to the high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to impact positively on career choices.
The Humber has recently gained the opportunity to pilot one of twenty national CEC ‘Career Hubs’ that will further drive collaboration between the twenty-six education providers who are part of the Hub.
This builds on the Humber LEPs strategic priority to ensure local people are aware of the plethora of local opportunities as the Humber strengthens its economic base.
Words by Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Employment and Skills Board
In mid-September the LEP hosted the first Humber Careers Hub meeting, inviting employers and education provider members to gather and discuss the Hub’s strategy and outline the key objectives that will aid members achieve all Gatsby Careers Benchmarks.
Careers Hubs are a central part of the government’s Careers Strategy published in December 2017, with £5 million allocated over a two-year period to support them, and I am extremely proud of the LEP in securing such status for the Humber region after being named as one of 20 pilot Hubs.
In the Humber there are 26 education providers part of this initiative, providing a rich mix of schools, colleges and other providers, covering 22,625 learners. This builds on the work of the LEP over a number of years in working with schools, partners and providers to improve careers services, and the success of the LEP in supporting 33 providers to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard with a further 31 working toward.
I am extremely pleased to see the Careers Hub take shape, as a product of years of work in partnership with the CEC, and I’m very proud of what the LEP and our partners have achieved so far. There is a lot of opportunity to achieve much more, and this pilot is a promising asset to our region’s skills output.
The impact of such initiatives is certainly raising the profile of the Humber in high places. Most notably, Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone highlighted the careers work being done by the LEP whilst speaking at the House of Lords:
“Looking to the Humber, the Careers & Enterprise Company does wonderful work there. The Greenpower Education Trust, for example, has engaged local schools with STEM by challenging students to design, build and race electric cars.
“The University of Hull, where I am chancellor, played a major role, constructing on campus a ‘green power garage’ — it funded over 30 cars and provided the tools and equipment. All this is achieved in partnership with the LEP, where the noble Lord, Lord Haskins, is chairman.
“Again at the LEP, two excellent women — enterprise co-ordinator Jenny Vincent and Exec Director of Employment and Skills Teresa Chalmers have really taken this to heart. They did so much in the City of Culture, with others.”
Through our partnership with the CEC we are able to support collaboration across education and training providers in our region, all under a set framework that ensures maximum joint support.
Our regional Enterprise Coordinators have been the lynchpin between the LEP, the Local Authorities, the CEC and the schools, colleges, education and training providers and employers who are all working to provide the best possible opportunities for Humber residents.
The CEC has also just launched a new careers tool, directly designed for education and training providers who support young people aged 16+. Abdul Bathin, Regional Lead for North East Midlands at the Careers and Enterprise Company had this to say at our first Careers Hub meeting:
“We are delighted to be launching the new version of Compass on Monday 17th September. This is a major new release which includes questions tailored for colleges, the facility to share survey results with another account holders and updated scoring to show progress more clearly.”
From a college perspective, I spoke with Peter Kennedy, Principal at Franklin College who added:
“At Franklin College we are absolutely delighted to be part of the Humber Careers Hub; it really is the icing on the cake to get a dedicated college version of the compass, because colleges are slightly different from schools in that we deal with a slightly different age group.
“We want to make sure that we are giving the absolute best advice and guidance to our young people, in order to get them in the right place moving forward. We see this opportunity as a significant step moving forward in making sure that a college perspective is taken into account in doing that work.”
Our hope is that the Humber Careers Hub will help facilitate joint ownership of the whole Humber careers strategy and provide a centralised access point for partnership work.
Of course, we respect that each institution will have individual methods, targets and their own approach; however with the help of the LEP, the CEC and our Enterprise Coordinators we are confident that we will continue to raise the standards of careers support within each organisation by working together.
More information is available on The Careers & Enterprise Company website – https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-colleges/careers-hubs