£130,000 funding to transform careers education for young people in South Yorkshire

Wednesday 19th August 2020

The Sheffield City Region has secured more than £130,000 of funding to further boost careers education, helping to tackle youth unemployment and supporting businesses to build back better from the challenge of Coronavirus.

A new Careers Hub will be launched in Sheffield, allowing up to 55 new local schools and colleges to work together with universities, training providers, employers and careers professionals to improve careers education. The new hub will work alongside Doncaster’s existing Careers Hub.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “The region’s new Careers Hub is crucial in helping to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work. I’m determined that we support our young people and businesses through this incredibly challenging time, and the Careers Hub can give both the skills they need to thrive.

“This will help our effort to make South Yorkshire stronger and fairer as we build back better from COVID, and is a step toward delivering our Renewal Action Plan, which will support over 55,000 training and job opportunities and create 3,000 apprenticeships.”

Careers Hubs are a central part of the government’s Careers Strategy, published in December 2017. A Careers Hub is a group of up to 55 secondary schools and colleges who work together to collaborate with business partners, the public, education and voluntary sectors. Mainstream and special schools will both be supported. Their aim is to improve careers outcomes for young people.

James Muir, Local Enterprise Partnership Chair, said: “The members of our Careers Hub will have a shared vision of how to work together to improve outcomes for the young people in their area. This is essential as we strive to drive economic growth, create new jobs and attract new investment from companies across the world. This work will secure our pipeline of local talent ready to take on the work demands of the future.”

The new Careers Hub has access to support and funding to coordinate activity and build networks and access bursaries to train Careers Leaders. The funding is equivalent to £1,000 per school or college.

There have been two previous waves of Careers Hubs set up as part of a pilot test, backed by government investment. In this third wave, hubs are being scaled across the country. Around a quarter of schools and colleges in England are now benefiting from Careers Hubs.

Find out more about careers hubs.