The Careers and Enterprise Company selected the Worcestershire Careers Hub to host a visit from Richard Simper, the Deputy Director of the Department for Education.
Worcestershire Careers Hub was established in July 2018 after Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Worcestershire County Council were successful in their bid for Worcestershire to be awarded ‘Careers Hub’ status by the Careers and Enterprise Company.
After 12 months, the programme has been extremely successful in encouraging schools to achieve Gatsby Benchmarks for pupils. These benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines contained within the Government’s National Careers Strategy that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.
A representative from Worcestershire County Council said: “The Worcestershire Careers Hub has been working with member secondary schools, colleges and SEN schools over the previous year to ensure they are meeting mandatory requirements set out within the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy.
“The Hub also ensures Worcestershire students receive an increased number of employer encounters and activities which will in turn prepare them for the world of work.”
On 30 September, Richard visited Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove and Trinity High School in Redditch to gain an insight on the impact of the work being delivered by the Worcestershire Careers Hub.
Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “It was a pleasure to be able to show representatives from the Department for Education and the Careers & Enterprise Company some of the fantastic work that is taking place in Worcestershire’s schools. I think that the visit really highlighted how, in the space of 12 months, the Worcestershire Careers Hub is having a huge impact in preparing our younger generations for the future world of work.”
Richard Simper holds the brief for Careers and Skills at the Department for Education and oversees the partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company for the delivery of their initiatives across England. Richard listened to presentations showcasing the impact the Careers Hub has had on schools over the past year before being given a tour of both schools.
For more information on the skills programmes being delivered locally, visit the Skills 4 Worcestershire website.