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The Secretary of State for Education, The Right Hon Damian Hinds MP, today announced the names of 20 new Careers Hubs across England.

Each Careers Hubs will consist 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 in the region.

As part of the Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, the government tasked The Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the Careers Hubs across the country, allocating £5 million over a two-year period to support them.

From September, 710 schools and colleges will work within a Hub and there will be at least one Hub in every region of England outside of London. This means that one in five secondary schools and colleges in England will be part of a Careers Hub.

The Hubs are based on a successful model, piloted in the North East. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership piloted the Careers Hub model during 2015-17. During the pilot, the majority of schools in the area managed to meet most of the ‘Gatsby Benchmark’ standards for excellent careers guidance.

In order to benefit fully from that expertise when supporting the new Hubs, we have also agreed to continue to fund the North East Hub.

All Careers Hubs will have access to support and funding that will include a ‘Hub Lead’ to coordinate activity and build networks.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“We want to build a country that works for everyone, with the same opportunities available to all, whatever their background or circumstance.  The ability to make informed choices about your future is key to being able to take up opportunities and discover a fulfilling career.  

“We are improving education for every child with reformed GCSEs and A levels, better-quality apprenticeships and the introduction of T Levels. These changes will make sure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to make the most of their potential.

“The Careers Hubs announced today will support young people with the right advice to help them make decisions about their future by building better links with employers and providing practical guidance and support to improve the provision of careers advice in schools.”

Our CEO Claudia Harris said:

“Careers education has come a long way over the few last years. The Gatsby Benchmarks have shown us what 'excellent' looks like, and innovative work like the North East Hub pilot has set a model for local delivery. Just last month Ofsted remarked on the improvement picture across England. Creating these Careers Hubs is the next step on that journey.”

Find out more about Careers Hubs here including a full list of the 20 Local Enterprise Partnerships where the Hubs will be established.