What is a Careers Hub?

A Careers Hub is a group of between 20 and 40 secondary schools and colleges in a dedicated area who work together to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks. Collaborating with business partners, the public, education and voluntary sectors, they help deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve careers outcomes for young people.

Members of a Hub should have a shared vision of how they'll work together to improve outcomes for the young people in their area.

What support do Careers Hubs receive?

All Careers Hubs have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This includes:

  • 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 of equivalent to £1k per school or college 

Do Careers Hubs work?

Data shows that schools and colleges in the first wave of Careers Hubs are already outperforming the national average across all aspects of careers education. They are:

  • outperforming the national average on every single Gatsby Benchmark
  • the majority (58%) are providing every student with regular encounters with employers
  • the majority (52%) are providing every student with workplace experiences such as work experience, shadowing or workplace visits

As a result, we've launched 18 new and two expanded Careers Hubs, backed by a further £2.5m investment from the government. Just over 1,300 secondary schools and colleges (around a quarter of those in England) will now benefit from being part of a Careers Hub.

Our Careers Hubs

Our existing Careers Hubs can be found in the following Local Enterprise Partnerships:Careers Hubs map 2019

  1. Birmingham*
  2. Black Country
  3. Buckinghamshire Thames Valley
  4. Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
  5. Cumbria
  6. Coventry*
  7. Doncaster
  8. Dorset*
  9. Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire (D2N2)*
  10. East Sussex
  11. Greater Manchester
  12. Heart of South West
  13. Hertfordshire*
  14. Humber
  15. Lancashire
  16. Leeds*
  17. Leicester & Leicestershire
  18. Liverpool*
  19. Luton*
  20. New Anglia
  21. North East*
  22. Oxfordshire*
  23. Solent
  24. Solihull*
  25. Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
  26. Swindon & Wiltshire*
  27. Tees Valley
  28. Thames Valley Berkshire*
  29. Warwickshire*
  30. West of England*
  31. Worcestershire
  32. York & North Yorkshire 

* Wave 2/Expanded Careers Hubs

For more information on the Careers Hubs pilot and how schools and colleges have approached their work, visit Good Career Guidance.