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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is launching two new initiatives in the region for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at an event on Friday 24 October.

The event will be opened by Local MP and head of the Education Select Committee, Graham Stuart, who is a champion for the work being led by the Humber LEP. It will see the launch of a new CEIAG Gold Standard for schools, academies and education providers that support young people aged between 11 and 19 years, as well as a Humber careers portal.

The Gold Standard has been designed through consultation with local schools, colleges and academies to set a robust and challenging assessment framework to ensure that high quality, impartial and current information is provided to support young people’s progression to further study or in to employment. The work is one of six skills-related projects being delivered as part of the Hull and Humber City Deal, which was signed in December 2013.

Mike Parker, Chair of the LEP Employment and Skills Board, said:
“Building on the work of the Skills Commission ‘Lifting the Lid’ the Humber LEP has recognised that there is a need to ensure we provide excellent advice to the young people in our region.

“By working in partnership to develop the framework, we believe that this new standard meets the needs of our local communities in ensuring good practice is delivered consistently across the Humber. The Gold Standard will help drive and inspire future generations to enable them to access the very many career opportunities that the Humber provides, both now and in the future.”

The LEP has taken onboard the comments from local employers who state that young people are not always sufficiently prepared for job interviews, and that they often do not know enough about the range of career options available to them.

To complement the Gold Standard, the LEP and the four Local Authorities of Hull, East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire have designed a Humber careers portal ‘Bridging the Gap’ which builds on the existing 14-19 online prospectuses in the Humber: >log on | move on > for Hull and East Riding, Lincs2 (North East Lincolnshire) and Lincs4U (North Lincolnshire). Bridging the Gap will enable young people and adults to access the range of education and training opportunities within the region from this central website.
To underpin the two projects the LEP is also coordinating a shared platform for labour market intelligence, which will demonstrate the real job opportunities to help assist residents to make informed choices in what to study to take up job opportunities in the region.

Andrew Wren, Vice Principal of East Riding College and member of the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board, said:

“The new Humber CEIAG portal works coherently with the work delivered by the National Careers Service, enhancing opportunities for all local residents. By working closely with employers who are providing data to populate these strands we are sure that young people will feel inspired to achieve to their best potential at school, at college and at university before progressing into careers that will assist in creating economic growth.”

The Gold Standard and Bridging the Gap will both be launched on the 24th October at the Village Hotel in Hessle at 10am.

Graham Stuart MP will be opening the event and will discuss his views on the national picture. The event will also be attended by former Labour Education Secretary Alan Johnson MP and the aim is that the initiatives will have cross party support.

Graham Stuart MP and head of the Education Select Committee said:

“I am delighted by the launch of two exciting careers guidance projects developed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. As the economy continues to recover, young people need to have an informed understanding of where job opportunities are to be found, how much they pay, and the qualifications they need in order to secure those opportunities.

“This means we have to take both the quality and quantity of careers advice in schools and colleges much more seriously. Limiting careers guidance to the odd half hour supplied by an already over-stretched teacher, or the occasional inspirational speaker, won’t solve the problem.

“The Humber LEP’s work in this area is a step in the right direction to help improve standards for young people across the region. In particular, it is crucially important that headteachers allow businesses, further education colleges and apprenticeship providers to have access to their pupils, so that they can hear from a full range of voices.

“Over the coming weeks and months I, and I hope as many of my fellow Humber MPs as possible, will be taking the message to schools and businesses across our region, making the case that an opportunity now exists – if they are willing to sign up to it and seize it.”

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