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The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, today announced that the government will invest more money into careers education for young people.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the Minister revealed the Government would provide funding to double the number of Careers Hubs and Careers Leader training places provided to schools and colleges.

More Careers Hubs across England

In July, we announced 20 new Careers Hubs across the country. Based on a successful pilot in the North East, each Careers Hub consists of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education for young people.

The Careers Hubs will have access to support and funding that will include a ‘Hub Lead’ to coordinate activity and build networks. Interest in the opportunity was high, with 30 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across the country bidding to establish a Hub. 

The new funding announced today means that from next year, we will be able to establish 20 additional Careers Hubs across England, meaning we can roll out this model even further.

Careers Leaders in schools and colleges

The Careers Strategy placed ‘Careers Leaders’ at the heart of improvements to careers education. From this September, every school in England has been required to have a named Careers Leader in place to take a strategic lead in their school.

We were originally funded by Government to provide Careers Leader training bursaries to 500 schools and colleges. We experienced huge demand from schools and colleges, well beyond this supply.  

The additional funding announced today means we will now be able to provide around 1,300 training bursaries, meaning we’re able to meet the huge demand we have experienced from schools and colleges.

Welcoming the announcement, our Chief Executive Claudia Harris, said:

“There has been a very strong response from schools and colleges across the country to new Careers Hubs and Careers Leader training bursaries we announced earlier this year. It goes to show just how much they value careers education.

“We’re delighted the Government have listened to this demand, and are providing the funding to expand these two popular programmes.”

The announcement comes as we published our annual report for 2017/18, setting out our progress since we were established in 2015. For more information on how we have been able to support schools and colleges during this period, read our annual report.