Second Careers Hub to help youngsters.
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THE BLACK Country is to become one of 20 new Careers Hubs launched across the country to help youngsters.
The Black Country Careers Hub will be made up of 45 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals.
It is the second to be established in the area, with the original hub including 35 schools and one college. It delivered a marked improvement in the careers offers to young people in the schools.
The announcement of a second wave of 18 new and two expanded Careers Hubs is backed by a further PS2.5 million investment. Just over 1,300 secondary schools and colleges - around a quarter of those in England - will now benefit from being part of a Careers Hub.
Schools and colleges will have access to support and funding, including an expert 'hub lead' to help co-ordinate activity and build networks, a central fund to support employer engagement activities, and training for a careers leader in each school and college.
Employers are vital to the hub model's success, with all hubs required to demonstrate strong engagement amongst local businesses and a clear plan for increasing employer engagement.
Damian Hinds, Secretary of State for Education, said: "It is so important that young people get to know about a range of different jobs and careers so they can see the possible opportunities out there. Good careers education is such a valuable asset that helps children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy rewarding lives.
"Careers Hubs bring together schools, colleges, universities and employers to share their expertise and improve the careers education on offer to make sure young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents.
"Today's investment will give thousands more young people access to expert careers support as they take those first exciting steps into their future."
Angela Moore, Black Country Careers Hub Manager, said: "This second Careers Hub will allow us to include all of the Secondary Schools and Colleges including the Special Educational Needs schools and the pupil referral units. Our first Hub has been hugely successful bringing pupils and employees together resulting in a marked improvement in the careers offer to young people in the schools involved to date. We are very excited to be able to extend this service to all in the Black Country from September."