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Supporting Apprenticeship Growth in the Humber

November 22, 2016

The Humber has seen huge recent economic changes with significant inward investment of the wind and renewables industries, and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Board (ESB) are encouraged by the new opportunities this could bring, especially for businesses wanting to expand and young people looking for work based learning.

There’s every reason to retain, retrain and recruit the over 50s,Terry King OBE

November 13, 2015

American industrialist and Henry Ford said “…anyone who stops learning is old, whether 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”.

For me as a 63 year old, using my 20 years experience as a senior project manager for the Department of Work and Pensions, working for Chapter 3 to support those who like me are in the third chapter of their lives to have a fulfilling career beyond 50 is something I can wholeheartedly relate to.


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Building Better Opportunities

November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2019

Employment and social inclusion programme for whole Humber area which is aimed at supporting unemployed / inactive people aged 25+ to move closer to the labour market.  The programme will achieve this by increasing participants’ employability skills, self-confidence, local knowledge, community engagement, and personal resilience.

Humber Learning Consortium is delivering the programme in partnership with 20 local organisations, including the four Humber Local Authorities.

Community Grants

October 1, 2016 - March 31, 2019

Community Grants is part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The fund was commissioned through the Education and Skills Fund Agency (ESFA).

The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities delivered by not for profit organisations in the heart of predominantly disadvantaged communities.

Hull Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

November 1, 2017 - December 31, 2022

The aim of Community Led Local Development is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

Hull’s Community Led Local Development (CLLD) programme is providing grant funding support to projects which help people in Hull to access and create economic opportunities through the following key priorities outlined in the Local Development Strategy:

  • Targeted training in key work-related skills
  • Making it easier to find and access work
  • Growing Integrated Community Hubs
  • Supporting local and community businesses
  • Joined up support to increase household incomes

The first competitive grant round has now closed with the second opening in January 2019.

The programme is being led by Hull City Council, with Humber Learning Consortium providing support for the grant administration process.

In to Work

December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2018

In to Work is a back to work programme funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on behalf of Humber and Greater Lincolnshire LEPs, designed and delivered by MAXIMUS and their delivery partners.

The provision supports those who are furthest from the labour market, including those in entrenched worklessness, to tackle barriers which prevent them from moving into sustainable employment.

It provides personalised, tailored support for individuals with multiple barriers to improve work readiness and employability skills.

In to Work is delivered across Humber and Greater Lincolnshire through a network of delivery and outreach sites.

Inspire Me - Humber Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

November 1, 2016 - July 31, 2018

The ‘Inspire Me’ programme provides face-to-face careers interviews to consider an individual’s qualifications, skills and aspirations, aligned with potential career opportunities based within the Humber and wider region and works with them to identify routes into potential careers.

The programme includes enhanced Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) to complement the provision that is available nationally, developing links with employers and providing further activities to add value to the existing Bridging the Gap portal through the development of employer profiles and Labour Market Information linked to LEP key sectors.

The programme is also coordinating the validation of the Employability Passport and increasing sign-up of new organisations to the Humber Skills Pledge.  It will deliver a number of Careers events across the Humber as well as supporting the Gold Standard Assessment process to achieve new accreditations.

North Lincolnshire Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2021

The aim of Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is to use bottom-up, local community driven approaches to address issues in areas of deprivation.

The North Lincolnshire CLLD programme is focused on effecting community-led social and economic development in the three most deprived areas of Scunthorpe.  A Local Action Group (LAG) has been created from representatives of the voluntary community sector, public sector, private sector and local individuals which will encourage projects to apply for funding to deliver projects which meet one or more of the following priorities:

  • Priority Objective 1: to address health and disability including mental health as a barrier to employment
  • Priority Objective 2: to support entrepreneurship through pre-start support and support for micro and small enterprises in the CLLD area including social enterprises
  • Priority Objective 3: to support particular disadvantaged groups into labour market participation
  • Priority Objective 4: to deliver early intervention activity which will raise aspirations within communities and address worklessness and deprivation
  • Priority Objective 5: to stimulate local level collaboration amongst local residents, the public, private and vol/com sectors, small businesses and other stakeholder


April 1, 2016 - July 31, 2019

Employment and social inclusion programme supporting young people aged 18-24 (and a number of those aged 25-29) in the Humber get into employment or training.

The programme provides support though a Key Worker model and delivered by Humber Learning Consortium in partnership with 20 local organisations, including the 4 Humber Local Authorities.  There is a diverse range of needs-led provision including mental health support, support for lone parents and a learner support fund.  The programme also provides an employer wage subsidy.


Current Vacancy: Local Digital Skills Partnership Manager

December 17, 2019

The Humber LEP is looking to appoint an innovative, creative and highly organised Digital Skills Partnership Manager.

This part-time, fixed-term position will play a pivotal role in developing a new digital partnership, working with the LEP, the University of Hull, employers, education and training providers, the four local authorities and Humber stakeholders. The appointed person will create an effective partnership that will drive the alignment and expansion of digital skills provision to meet employer needs.

The post will include the development

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Electric cars from Hull’s groundbreaking Street Race to be displayed at Energy and Clean Growth Conference next week

October 31, 2019

An innovative charity that brought the UK’s first ever electric race on closed roads to Hull will be back in the city to display their cars and projects at an exciting energy conference next week.

The Greenpower Education Trust, recently nominated for the Innovation in STEM Inspiration Award, who provide opportunities for young people aged between 9 and 25 years old to build their own electric-powered kit cars, will be exhibiting at the Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse

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Awards success for Humber careers and apprenticeships champions

October 4, 2019

Humber careers and apprenticeship champions have highlighted the fantastic work going on in the Humber as they celebrate winning a series of prestigious awards.

Philippa Hartley’s Careers Leader of the Year award

At the Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) Careers Excellence Awards 2019 two of four nominees from the Humber area won their categories, while the other two entries were also commended.

Meanwhile, one of the Humber LEP’s Employer Advisers also won Apprenticeship Champion on the year at the Apprenticeship Awards

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Businesses across the Humber join forces to help young people take their first step on the career ladder

September 25, 2019

Regional businesses are a hosting an event to support both students and their parents in finding out how to make a young person’s career aspirations a reality.

The ‘Hire Me’ event, which takes place at locations in both Hull and Scunthorpe, will give those looking to take their first steps on the career ladder the chance to talk to employers and education providers for first-hand advice, as well as their parents and carers.

The event will include workshops on topics such as

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Humber area continues to have one of the best standards of careers education in the country

September 20, 2019

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

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ESF Community Grants now available through the Humber Learning Consortium

September 11, 2019

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021 and are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of funding available.

ESF Community Grants  are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are

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Award nominations for Humber careers leaders and apprenticeship champion

September 11, 2019

The work of careers leaders and those supporting apprenticeships across the Humber has been put in the spotlight this week as nominations for two prestigious awards ceremonies roll in.

Not only has the Humber area received four nominations at the upcoming Careers Excellence Awards 2019, but one of the Humber’s Enterprise Advisers has also been nominated for her work supporting apprenticeships at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019.

At the Careers Excellence Awards 2019, organised by the Careers and Enterprise Partnership alongside the

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Careers Leader discusses how to embed well-structured careers provision in schools

August 22, 2019

This blog originally appeared on  the Careers and Enterprise Company’s blog here. 

The Humber LEP, alongside 37 other Local Enterprise Partnerships around the country, is working under the Careers and Enterprise Company umbrella organisation to deliver at a local level. Read more here. Follow Humber Careers on Twitter here. 

Philippa Hartley is the Careers Leader at Huntcliff School in North Lincolnshire.

Here, she writes about her role and the benefits of having a well-structured careers provision embedded within the school.


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Apprentices: The Route to Growing Your Business

August 19, 2019

By Richard Sellick, Chair of the Humber LEP Apprenticeship Working Group

The Humber is continuing to see strong apprenticeship participation despite a national downturn in the number of those signing up.

We recognise the value of our focus in inspiring both young people and adults to recognise apprenticeships as an effective step to a successful career, and we know that businesses continually see the value of apprenticeships and what organisational impact they hold.

The LEP Apprenticeship Working Group encourages people to make the

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Humber Energy Skills Campus hears about groundbreaking research into workplace stressors

July 29, 2019

The Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board is leading a collaborative project between employers, the University of Hull, FE colleges and specialist training providers, known as the Humber Energy Skills Campus, to build on the region’s expertise and become a centre of excellence for energy skills.

The Energy Skills Campus is a virtual ‘campus’ that aims to enable the creation of a sustainable skilled workforce that will maximise the Humber’s economic development in the energy industry.

At its quarterly meeting on Wednesday,

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Job Vacancy: Careers Hub Enterprise Coordinator

June 20, 2019

Are you passionate about supporting young people as they start to think about their pathway into the world of work? If so, we could have the right opportunity for you.

We are looking for a Careers Hub Enterprise Coordinator to join our existing team of Enterprise Coordinators and our Enterprise Adviser Network; to be based within the Humber LEP and support the work of the Humber Careers Hub.

The Enterprise Coordinator will sit at the heart of a network that connects schools in

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Humber small businesses called on to inspire young people during Volunteers’ Week

June 11, 2019

As part of national Volunteers’ Week, the Humber LEP is encouraging employers to make a difference to the futures of young people in our region.

The Give an Hour campaign targets small and medium sized employers (SMEs) to offer as little as an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The campaign – run jointly by Humber LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour, organisations

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Humber Skills Advisory Panel Consultation

June 11, 2019

The Humber LEP needs your views on the implementation of the Department for Education led ‘Skills Advisory Panels’ (SAPs). 

All feedback will be kept anonymous but will be used to inform the People section of the Local Industrial Strategy.

Download the form here: Skills Advisory Panel Consultation Document

Consultation background:

Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs) emerged in the Conservative and Unionist Party manifesto in 2017. SAP’s are also referenced throughout the Industrial strategy (published in November 2017).

SAPs aim to bring together local employers and skills providers

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Campaign calls on Humber small businesses to ‘Give an Hour’ to inspire young people

May 20, 2019

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to encourage small employers to make a difference to the futures of young people in Humber.

The Give an Hour campaign is targeting small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The campaign – run jointly by the Humber LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour,

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Huntcliff School describe their experience building and racing an electric car

May 2, 2019

Huntcliff School, in Kirton on Lindsey, put together this article to tell people about their experience building and racing an electric car at the Hull Street Race on Sunday, 28th April.

Read all about their exciting journey below…

We are a small secondary school who sits on the county border between North Lincs and Lincs and for years we have been hoping to afford a green car. Thanks to our Enterprise Advisor and links with the local college we were able to

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Humber continues to perform above average for careers education and support

May 2, 2019

The Humber area has the second highest standard of careers education in the country, according to a report from the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC).

The State of the Nation report by the 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

The report is an assessment of progress over time among the thousand schools and colleges who have completed their Compass self-assessment tool on multiple

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Yorkshire and Humber’s successful Institute of Technology Bid

April 24, 2019

A major partnership of colleges and universities across Yorkshire and the Humber that includes York College, Askham Bryan College and York St John University, has received the green light from the Department of Education to work together to develop the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT).

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Yorkshire Post Column April 2019: A Range of Partners and Tactics Tackling Youth Unemployment

April 9, 2019

By Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employment and Skills Board

Despite falling since the introduction of the raising of the participation age in 2015, levels of youth unemployment remains an issue affecting communities across the country. Considering how to get those aged between 18-24 and not in employment, education or training back on the right track is a task every LEP must challenge.

In the Humber region, the latest employment figures show 5.2% of 18-24 years olds are

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Humber LEP to host Skills Capital Construction and Civil Engineering event to attract £2.5m capital investment

November 22, 2018

The Humber LEP wishes to develop a call for a skills capital programme for construction and civil engineering across the region.

This will attract up to approximately £2.5m capital investment to deliver a collaborative resource solution to support training delivery that meets employer need and would need to be delivered by March 2021 latest.

The LEP will host an event at Bishop Burton College, on Thursday 29th November starting at 1pm, to invite businesses from across the region into discussions.

The LEP is

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Calls for projects as £1million from the European Social Fund (ESF) made available

October 29, 2018

Two calls for projects have gone live in the Humber, with approximately £1million from the European Social Fund (ESF) being made available to organisations in the region.

Ex-Offenders in the Humber

Approximately £500,000 of funding is available through the ESF, with this call to run a project to pilot activity which will broker opportunities to encourage and increase work experience, work placements, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for ex-offenders, particularly within SMEs.

Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of

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HETA campaign pays off with record number of girls into engineering

October 29, 2018

HETA has welcomed record numbers of young women onto its latest apprenticeship courses and is hoping they will help to attract more women into industry.

Iain Elliott, Chief Executive of HETA, said the increase in the numbers of female apprentice engineers is a reward for the company’s efforts in getting a powerful message across in schools, colleges and at careers events.

He added that the recruitment campaign for young women and men has been boosted by the opening of HETA’s new £4.5

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Careers Hub takes shape as partners meet for the first time

October 1, 2018

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

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CEC launch new Compass which will aid Humber Careers Hub members to evaluate careers activity

September 17, 2018

The Humber Careers Hub held its first school and learning provider meeting on Friday 14th September at the ERGO Centre, at Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle.

Members of the Hub where joined by the LEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company alongside the Humber Enterprise Coordinators who will lead on this project, to discuss the Hub’s strategy and outline the key objectives that will aid members achieve all Gatsby Careers Benchmarks.

Alongside the Careers Hub, the Careers and Enterprise Company have today

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Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone highlights careers work being done by the LEP ahead of Humber Careers Hub launch

September 13, 2018

The Humber Careers Hub education providers will meet for the first time tomorrow at the ERGO Centre, at Bridgehead Business Park, to discuss the careers strategy for the Hub with the LEP.

The Humber Careers Hub recognises the challenges and opportunities schools face in meeting all Gatsby Benchmarks and will provide an expert support service using a collaborative approach, a strong network of delivery partners and the sharing of good practice across the region.

Working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise

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Humber announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education

July 11, 2018

The Humber is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people.

The Humber Careers Hubs will be made up of 26 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.

The Government asked The

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Improving employability skills in the Humber

July 4, 2018

Many Humber education and training providers offer their students an opportunity to record their additional employability skills using a ‘passport’ that can be shared with future employers.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has developed a bespoke framework to support regional organisations to develop a consistent approach to their Employability Passports. This framework supports the CBI seven employability skills.

Words by Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board

As part of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) commitment to

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column – Celebrating the businesses that are Disability Confident

April 10, 2018

The Government has committed to a long term national Industrial Strategy to create an economy that boosts productivity and competitiveness.

To support this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has continued to work with projects and partners such as the ‘This-Ability’ Partnership to aid businesses in creating a more inclusive workplace, and to provide vital experience for learners and potential employees of all abilities.

The This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and exciting awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the great strides

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Humber This-Ability partnership to host Awards to celebrate local businesses who embrace ability in the workforce

March 28, 2018

On Thursday 10th May 2018 the This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and awards ceremony at the KCOM Stadium, to recognise and celebrate the great strides local employers have taken to access ability.

Special guest Broadcaster and Journalist Alex Brooker will be giving a humorous talk on the subject of disability. Along with local and national ambassadors of disability equality.

Employers from across the Humber region have been exploring different ways to recruit and retain disabled talent with great success. The

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National Careers Week 2018

March 2, 2018

We are delighted to announce at the beginning of National Careers Week 2018, that the Humber Bondholders and the University of Hull have created two national challenges for primary and secondary schools.

The innovative challenges are designed to engage young people in careers activities. Details are contained in the PDF documents below. More downloadable resources for National Careers Week can be found at www.nationalcareersweek.com

If you are promoting your own activities on social media please include #ncw2018 and #humbercareers

Bondholder and University

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column – Employment in the Humber

February 13, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with its partners, local authorities and education providers in the Humber region to provide opportunities to residents of all ages.

With more people in employment and our levels of unemployment reducing rapidly, it is imperative that we ensure that we maximise the potential of all our residents.

In this article we provide examples of initiatives that help people return to work and focus on apprenticeship and Returneeship programmes that help employees to upgrade their

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Forrester Boyd and Franklin College New Careers and Enterprise Partnership

April 27, 2017

The Careers and Enterprise Company vision is to create a strong network linking schools and colleges with business and careers activities that make an impact so that every young person in England is prepared for the fast-changing world of work. Our research shows that being better prepared for work means making better choices.

Chantelle Ellis is the new Careers and Enterprise Adviser for Franklin College in Grimsby, working with Emma Swinburn, Employer Engagement Manager at Franklin college to develop a strategy

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Hull College student success at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016

December 30, 2016

Humber LEP are delighted to announce that a young apprentice from Geo Houlton and Sons, trained by Hull College, has achieved a Medallion of Excellence as part of Team UK’s best ever performance in EuroSkills. We wish josh every success going forward.

EuroSkills 2016 took place in Gothenburg from 1 to 3 December and saw more than 500 competitors from 28 nations across the continent come together to compete in over 35 different skill areas ranging from engineering and construction through to creative

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Making Changes for Careers Programme

December 16, 2016

The Making Changes for Careers Programme, through the Youth Enterprise Initiative, assists young people to turn their ideas into businesses. Please see below two excellent examples from the MC4C team.

For further information on the MC4C programme please contact Helen Robinson on 01482 616219 or Helen.Robinson@hullcc.gov.uk

Read more about 22 enterprising young people who have benefited from the programme here: Young Entrepreneurs Who’s Who

Leah Ariss came to MC4C with her idea for starting her own cleaning business.  She attended the Big 13

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 Report

December 6, 2016

The thirteenth year of Enterprise Week / Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Hull and East Riding once again celebrated enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit across the city.

The Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership said ‘It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to this report on Hull’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, the thirteenth year the event has been held in our great city.’

Hull’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week Report features an outline of each day that was run in Hull and East Riding

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Turning the Tables at Hull Springboard

December 1, 2016

As an employer recruiting, how many times have you asked a candidate what they are good at, and they say; ‘working as part of a team’, ‘communication’, ‘working on own initiative’ and all of the other ‘buzz’ phrases, but then cannot come up with an instance of this? We know that young people have amazing ideas, are born digital, and can bring a new, innovative dimension to a team, so why are they not telling us about it?

Springboard (Hull) contacted

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100 Pledges in 100 Days on Estuary TV

November 9, 2016

As part of the 100 Pledges in 100 Days campaign, Jen Vincent and Ann Newlove appeared on Estuary TV to promote the benefits of signing the Skills Pledge.

You can watch the full video here:


ESF Community Grants – First Round Launch

September 6, 2016

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The fund was commissioned through the Skills Funding Agency and is a key investment that supports the delivery of the Humber ESIF Strategy.

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme

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LEP pays tribute to work of outgoing skills chair

August 1, 2016

Our Vice Chair and Chair of the Employment and Skills Board (ESB) Mike Parker OBE is stepping down from the LEP at the end of July.

Mike, who has chaired the ESB since it was established in 2013 to lead, develop and oversee the implementation of the Humber Employment and Skills strategy, has driven action that will deliver LEP’s strategic aim of a Skilled and Productive Humber workforce.

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