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A presentation sharing ideas on how to develop career awareness and develop employability skills in secondary schools is taking place on Tuesday, January 17th.

East Hull-based Malet Lambert School, an establishment focused on arming pupils with the skills to succeed in employment through enterprise and business initiatives, will be hosting the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Network meeting as part of the school’s commitment to the Humber Skills Pledge.

The pledge was designed to bring businesses and educational establishments together to bridge skills gaps in industries operating in the Humber region. So far, hundreds of businesses have been involved in various ways.

Stephen Logan, Deputy Head at Malet Lambert will be discussing the impact of National Careers Week; an initiative which aims to inform and inspire pupils into various careers with fairs, enterprise initiatives and seminars.

He will be leading a discussion on National Careers Week as well as the new GCSE changes to introduce it to Skills Network members, as well as school and academy representation from business and leadership teams.

He said: “Raising pupil aspirations as well as knowledge and skills to gain employment in a wide variety of careers is incredibly important – one of the main ways of developing this is working actively with local businesses. This is what the Humber Skills Pledge and National Careers Week is about.

“Malet Lambert is proud to be hosting this event as we continue to share our best methods of practice to make a difference in bridging industry skills gaps and giving our pupils the best start once they leave our school.”

National Careers Week will be taking place from March 6 – 10th March to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges, with the backing of volunteers from education, business and careers guidance.

Stephen Logan continued: “National Careers Week puts a focus on schools’ own career programmes, and how they can be improved to give pupils the best chance of finding the right career for them.

“There are huge benefits to pupils who are able to engage with local businesses and understand what they are looking for in future employees. We will be meeting with the Humber LEP Skills Network and its partners to discuss ways to shape and add value to the region’s schools and colleges’ careers, enterprise and employment engagement strategy.”

The Humber Skills Pledge has created a network of businesses across the region that offer employment opportunities to young people, including work placements, apprenticeships and traineeships, and graduate programmes.

The pledge has been developed to encourage joint working between education, employers, training providers, local councils and organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, to ensure information on skills and training is communicated.