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Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership secures funding for two new careers hubs

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is pleased to announce it has helped secure government funding to establish two new careers hubs to help young people prepare for the world of work.

Improving careers guidance and raising the aspirations of young people through employer engagement are key elements of the GBSLEP’s Skills Delivery Plan, approved by the board in April 2019.

The two careers hubs are amongst 19 that the Government has allocated £2.5 million of funding. First launched in the North East last year, this will take the total number of hubs across England up to 40, delivering on the Government’s National Career Strategy.

The funding will be allocated to Birmingham Education Partnership and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council for school, colleges and academies to improve careers support for young people in their respective areas.

The Birmingham Education Partnership careers hub will be made up of 35 schools and academies, whilst the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s ‘Life Ready’ careers hub will comprise 21 schools, academies and colleges.

Both careers hubs will include a mix of maintained schools, academies and special education needs schools, with a mixture of Ofsted ratings. The hubs will work together with their two respective Enterprise Adviser Networks, as well as universities, colleges, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education across the region. Both careers hubs will be launched later this year.

The two new careers hubs will receive support to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This will include:

  • a hub lead to help coordinate activity and build networks;
  • access to bursaries for individual schools and colleges to train careers leaders;
  • central hub fund equivalent to around £1,000 per school; and
  • access to funding for schools to support employer encounters.

The careers hub programme is managed by The Careers and Enterprise Company that aims to help deliver world class careers support to young people by connecting colleges with employers, and supporting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

So far, over 100 employers have signed up to support the initiative including, CBI, Airbus, KPMG, Anglian Water and GCHQ.

Tim Pile, Chair of GBSLEP, said:

“Local employers understand how crucial their role is in preparing and influencing young people for the world of work, and their enthusiasm for supporting schools is very strong. Connecting employers with young people via schools’ careers guidance is a proven way of improving aspirations and introducing different types of sector job roles to young people in Greater Birmingham and Solihull.”

If you are an employer that would like to support the two careers hubs by becoming an enterprise advisor, offering support as an industry champion or providing employer encounters for young people, please contact at Birmingham Education Partnership or at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.