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L - R Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC, Phill Caldicott, Enterprise Adviser, Jo Higgins, CEO of Dudley MAT, Colin Parker Black Country SKills Factory, Stewart Towe Chair BCLEP

 

Black Country announced as ‘Careers Hub’ to help transform careers education National launch event takes place at Holly Hall Academy on Thursday 12 July… Reports Asian lite News

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L – R Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC, Phill Caldicott, Enterprise Adviser, Jo Higgins, CEO of Dudley MAT, Colin Parker Black Country SKills Factory, Stewart Towe Chair BCLEP

The Black Country is to become one of 20 Careers Hubs around England to help transform careers education for young people. The national launch took place at a special event at Holly Hall Academy today, Thursday 12 July.

The Black Country Careers Hubs will be made up of 36 schools and colleges, including 2 special educational needs providers, working together with Enterprise Advisor Networks, universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

The launch at Holly Hall Academy presented careers education in action with approx. 40 year 10 students working with employers and Enterprise Advisers as part of a build your own robot challenge.  This skills challenge is part of the Passport to Employment programme previously funded by The Careers & Enterprise Company Investment Fund and delivered by the Black Country Education Business Partnership.

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L – R Phill Caldicott, Enterprise Adviser, Colin Parker BC Skills Factory, Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC, Jo Higgins CEO of Dudley MAT, Stewart Towe Chair BCLEP.

The launch was attended by Claudia Harris CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, Stewart Towe, Chair of the Black Country LEP and Jo Higgins, CEO of Dudley MAT.

Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.

The Government asked The Careers & Enterprise Company to scale up a model successfully piloted in the North East by establishing 20 Careers Hubs across the country, allocating £5 million over a two-year period to support the Hubs.

The Black Country Hub will have access to support and funding to help them meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education. This includes:

  • A ‘Hub Lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks
  • Access to bursaries for individual schools and colleges to train ‘careers leaders’
  • Central Hub Fund equivalent to around £1k per school or college
  • Access to funding for schools to support employer encounters
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Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC and a pupil from Holly Hall Acadamy. Picture by Jas Sansi..

“We are delighted to become one of just 20 Careers Hubs across England and the only one in the West Midlands. Through the Black Country Careers Hub we will build on the work we have delivered to-date with schools, colleges and business to ensure a deeper engagement for both young people and employers. This investment will ensure that Black Country continues to lead the way in providing careers education that fits the needs of the economy.”Stewart Towe, Chair of the Black Country LEP, said

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We’re excited by the potential impact of the Hubs. If employers, schools and colleges can better prepare young people for the world of work, we’re not just benefiting the future economy, but improving prospects for thousands of young people.”

“One of the gaps in the skills provision in the West Midlands that has been most obvious is around careers education and ensuring we can match the enthusiasm and talent with the industries and jobs our growing economy is offering. That’s why I am particularly pleased the Black Country has been successful with this bid. It is clear schools, colleges and employers are already working well together and the creation of the Black Country Careers Hubs will mean higher-quality support for youngsters and better access for businesses.”Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor said.

More information on then Black Country Careers Hub can be found at www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk

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For further information contact Helen Annetts, PR on behalf of the Black Country LEP on 07779026720, email: helenlannetts@hotmail.co.uk.

Image credits:

1: L – R Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC, Phill Caldicott, Enterprise Adviser, Jo Higgins, CEO of Dudley MAT, Colin Parker Black Country Skills Factory, Stewart Towe Chair BCLEP with pupils from Holly Hall Academy. Picture by Jas Sansi.

2: Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC and a pupil from Holly Hall Acadamy. Picture by Jas Sansi.

  1. 3. L – R Phill Caldicott, Enterprise Adviser, Colin Parker BC Skills Factory, Claudia Harris, CEO of CEC, Jo Higgins CEO of Dudley MAT, Stewart Towe Chair BCLEP. Picture by Jas Sansi.

Notes to editors:

A competitive and open bidding process was launched national in April, and the Hubs will launch in September. A total of 30 out of 38 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas applied to become Careers Hubs.

The Careers & Enterprise Company evaluated bids according to the level of need in an area, the wider benefit of the proposals to the area and the strength of leadership.  All bids were moderated by independent assessors.

 

About the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

  1. The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aligns activity across private and public sectors to create the right environment for businesses with a remit to tackle barriers to business growth and create a globally competitive local economy.
  2. Programmes to deliver our vision are structured around three areas of activity:
  • Business: supporting skills and competitiveness
  • People: raising skills and employability, for example through our City Deal and Skills Factory;
  • Place: including the provision of more high-quality employment land through our Enterprise Zone and City Deal.
  1. The LEP Board has identified seven priority areas where action will have the most impact on the Black Country and its contribution to the national economy:
  • Exploiting the potential of the Black Country as a place to live, do business and invest; focusing on our housing offer, the quality of employment land, and the distinctive role of our four strategic centres.
  • Using supply chains to build business commitment to skills and growth
  • Supporting innovation at our major science and business parks
  • Building a close relationship with our top 600 companies
  • Raising our skills levels
  • Securing inward investment
  • Developing a more entrepreneurial culture
  1. The Black Country located at the heart of the national transport network, comprises the metropolitan boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall and the City of Wolverhampton. It covers 356 sq kilometres, is home to 1.18 million people, with 23 per cent ethnic minority residents and 446,500 jobs in 37,490 companies.

For more information on the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership visit www.blackcountrylep.co.uk or follow on Twitter: @blackcountrylep