The Heart of the South West Careers Hub is one of 33 Careers Hubs in the UK, established in collaboration with The Careers and Enterprise Company to help transform careers education for young people around the country. The HotSW Careers Hub is delivered by the Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEP, and operates in the HotSW area of Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.

The HotSW Careers Hub currently comprises 60 local secondary schools, colleges and FE institutes working together with employers, universities and career professionals to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and ensuring that careers outcomes are improved for all young people.

The Government’s Careers Strategy has been promoted nationally to support schools in implementing better career and enterprise provision for young people, but we need businesses, innovators and industry experts to work with us and secondary schools, to help make this happen.

Contact the Careers Hub team via to find out more.


Employers are key to the success of the HotSW Careers Hub and of our young people. We work with businesses of all sizes to ensure they find the right future talent for their organisation and offer every young person the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Encounters with employers bring the world of work to life for young people. Research shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career. Our long-term aim is to match every secondary school in the Heart of the South West area to a dedicated business volunteer or Enterprise Adviser (EA) by the end of 2020.

We are currently working with over 50 Enterprise Advisers (EAs) across Devon & Somerset but we are always looking for more. Our valuable EAs help to support local Secondary Schools / Colleges to develop and implement a strategic Careers Plan to drive aspiration and skills needed for the future workforce.

There are many ways your business can help:

  1. Offer young people encounters with the world of work, such as mentoring or work experience
  2. Encourage your staff to volunteer for local outreach activities or work encounters
  3. Take your school engagement programmes into more schools and colleges
  4. Volunteer as an individual Enterprise Adviser and work with a local school or college to help develop their careers plan – Become an Enterprise Adviser
  5. Give An Hour 



The HotSW Careers Hub has been created to strengthen links between education and employers so that together they can inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

With the launch of the government’s Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance, new requirements (Gatsby Benchmarks) have been put in place for schools to deliver quality careers support for their students. The Careers Hub can support your school to meet these requirements by:

  1. Matching education providers with a business volunteer (Enterprise Adviser) who will be on hand to share their industry expertise and key business contacts
  2. Using use two key tools to record and review progress: – The Compass Tool and Tracker Tool 

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Heart of the South West


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