Lincolnshire has been invited to become one of a new wave of Careers Hubs, as announced by the Department for Education and The Careers and Enterprise Company with the likes of Bakkavor set to get involved.
The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the announcement, as local schools and colleges are enrolled onto the Department for Education’s Enterprise Advisor Network programme.
The Greater Lincolnshire Careers Hub will consist of approximately 34 local schools and colleges, working together with local employers such as Lincolnshire Co-op and Bakkavor.
It is the next stage in expansion for the existing Enterprise Adviser Network, which was founded in 2018.
Working as a partnership with schools, colleges, employers, local district councils and other local organisations, Careers Hubs have accelerated levels of support and improvement in young people’s career development nationally.
Schools and colleges will have access to a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator, an expert in the Gatsby Benchmarks and the local labour market. In addition, a new ‘Hub Lead’ will co-ordinate activity and build networks with local businesses.
The Careers Hub will be allocated a central fund to support employer engagement activities, and training for a careers leader in each school and college.
Clare Hughes, skills manager at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, said: “The achievement of Careers Hub status for Greater Lincolnshire is fantastic news, and allows us to pro-actively bolster support for young people.
“The programme will allow students to benefit from direct interaction with local businesses, giving them a realistic view of what is to come and providing them with pertinent advice from industry professionals.”