Worcestershire's education and skills chief today welcomed news that the county has been picked to drive an initiative aimed at improving the career prospects of young people.
Worcestershire is to become one of 20 Careers Hubs around the country.
Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December, aimed at improving careers education and to help better prepare young people for the world of work.
The news has been welcomed by Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, who said: "Worcestershire has one of the fast growing economies in the country and we need a skilled workforce to support future growth.
"We want young people to leave schools and colleges better equipped to enter into the world of work here in Worcestershire, benefiting themselves, businesses and of course the local economy."
Worcestershire’s Careers Hub, developed by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) and Worcestershire County Council, will be made up of 40 local secondary schools and further education colleges.
The Careers Hub is working together with employers and career professionals to improve careers education for the county’s young people and to the benefit of businesses and the local economy, as well as supporting the Government's drive for improved careers planning in schools by September 2020.
The Careers Hub announcement follows the success of Worcestershire becoming the first area in the UK to successfully recruit 100% of its local secondary schools and colleges into the Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network. This network is designed to support schools and colleges to work with their young people to understand the local labour market and offer employer encounters, which include a work place visit, talks in schools and meeting employers at the annual Worcestershire Skills Show.
For further information on the Worcestershire Careers Hub and for businesses looking to get involved with the work of the hub, email firstname.lastname@example.org