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The Careers Strategy was published in December 2017 as part of the Government’s Modern industrial to make Britain fairer, improve social mobility and offer opportunity to everyone. The main aims of the strategy are:

  • all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
  • all young people in secondary school and college to get an excellent programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
  • everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances. All adults should be able to access free face-to-face advice, with more bespoke support for those who most need it;
  • everyone to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.

The strategy made reference to a sum of £5m that was allocated to test 20 Careers Hubs to “link together schools, colleges, universities and other organisations.” The Humber made a successful bid for one of the 20 Hubs to the Careers and Enterprise Company and is part of the pilot until July 2020.  In September 2019 a further 18 hubs were created in a second wave of Careers Hubs.


Humber Careers Hub

The Humber Careers Hub recognises the challenges and opportunities schools face in meeting all Gatsby Benchmarks and will therefore provide an expert service using a collaborative approach, a strong network of partners and the sharing of good practice across the region. This will ensure that the region’s young people receive high quality, impartial advice and support when making informed choices of career pathways. The Humber Careers Hub comprises of the following 26 schools and colleges from the four Local Authorities:

Havelock Academy (Lead School)
Beverley Grammar School
Beverley High School
Bishop Burton College
Cottingham High School
Engineering North Lincolnshire UTC
Franklin Sixth Form College
Frederick Gough School
Headlands School
Healing Academy
Hessle High School
Hornsea School & Language College
Huntcliff School
John Whitgift School
Kelvin Hall School
Kingswood Academy
Northcott School
Ormiston Maritime Academy
Phoenix House & Phoenix Park
Sirius Academy West
St Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy
St Hugh’s School
The Boulevard Academy
The Marvell College
The St Lawrence Academy
Withernsea High School

For any enquiries realting to the Humber Careers hub, please contact the Career Hub Lead, Fiona Headridge –


Gatsby Benchmarks

In 2013, the Gatsby Foundation undertook a piece of research to establish a framework for good careers provision.  The Gatsby Benchmarks now provide guidance for schools to map their careers programme against and to help inform good practice.  Each of the schools in the Humber Careers Hub will work collaboratively to strive to achieve all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks by July 2020.  They will be supported by both Enterprise Coordinators and a Hub Lead to access the best possible opportunities and guidance.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

As the Hub progresses; resources, success and good news will be shared for each of the Benchmarks above on the Humber Career Hub website


Employer Engagement

We are always keen to engage new businesses through our Enterprise Adviser Network to support schools in achieving their outcomes in careers and inspiring young people across the Humber to address the skills gap and develop employability skills.
If you would like to be involved, then please contact:

Fiona Headridge, Career Hub Lead –
Lucy Gray, Enterprise Coordinator (Career Hub) –
Kerrie Jaquest, Enterprise Coordinator (North Bank) –