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The Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds met with young people from Beaumont Leys School today to hear about their careers education and the opportunities that the Leicestershire Careers Hub is providing them with to engage with local employers and prepare for the world of work.

The visit took place at Leicester City Football Club who are one of the Cornerstone Employers in the area leading the way in engaging with young people. Several other employers attended including East Midlands Airport, Crown Packaging and insurance firm AXA.

As well as hearing from employers about the world of work, there was an interactive panel session where young people had the chance to ask questions to the Education Secretary and employers about working in different industries and how to prepare them for different careers. They also had a guided tour of the Leicester City Football Club stadium and pitch.

Proving success of the Hub model

Since September 2018, The Careers & Enterprise Company has rolled out 20 Careers Hubs across the country to bring together up to 40 schools and colleges with employers and training providers in each area. The Careers Hub in Leicestershire currently works with a diverse range of 20 schools and colleges.

The areas across the country that have seen the most significant progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks include those in a Careers Hub or in disadvantaged communities where support is being targeted. The Leicestershire Careers Hub has made significant progress against all Gatsby Benchmarks and is currently one of the top performing Hubs.

Embedding careers in the school

The Enterprise Adviser, Rob Allen, talked about how "careers education is not just an add on or tick box exercise at the school - it has become part of the culture." He also highlighted how valuable the Enterprise Adviser Network is in opening doors for schools to work closely with business.

As well as meeting with young people, the Education Secretary discussed the progress of the Hub model ahead of the announcement next week which will see the number of Careers Hubs doubling nationally.



The Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, Secretary of State for Education, said: 
“It is so important that young people get to know about a range of different jobs and careers so they can see the possible opportunities out there. Good careers education is such a valuable asset that helps children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy rewarding lives.

“The Leicester & Leicestershire Careers Hub brings together schools, colleges, universities and employers to share their expertise and improve the careers education on offer to make sure young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents.

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: 
“Careers education is improving across the country with disadvantaged areas performing the strongest. The accelerated progress in Careers Hubs such as Leicestershire shows the strength of the new model to deliver high quality careers support for young people.

“We are delighted to launch the next wave of Careers Hubs next week covering a total of 1300 schools and colleges, and ensuring more young people get the vital support and opportunities they need.”



Photography by Josie Parr.