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Set Your Career On Track - Launch of the New West of England Careers Hub

The West of England Careers Hub is launched to improve the career opportunities for young people across the region and help improve career opportunities for young people and forge closer ties with businesses.

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is one of 4 colleges who will work closely with the Careers hub to improve the level of Careers guidance across the region.
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.”

The Careers Hub will initially work with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The schools and colleges will be supported to improve career opportunities and work experience for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers. The Hub is managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The Careers Hub will offer targeted support to schools including up to £3,500 per year to use on opportunities to strengthen links with employers, access to a Hub Network Group which will build a community of good practice between schools, support from an Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Advisors; Careers Leader Training and Continuing Professional Development for wider teaching staff WECA secured £220,000 from The Careers & Enterprise Company to establish the new Careers Hub, which was launched on Thursday 20 September. Additional funds for the Hub have been provided by WECA, the LEP and Future Quest.

John Walker, Head of SGS College's  Careers and School services said: 

"This is a welcome collaboration of Careers Guidance  expertise and much needed resources to secondary education in the West of England. It will go far in helping every young person connect their learning to their future  opportunities in work and life."

Schools and colleges expressed an interest to get involved and from those, 25 were selected to take part, based on levels of need. These are: Brimsham Green, Marlwood School, Abbeywood Community School, Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, Hayesfield Girls’ School, Writhlington School, Broadlands Academy, Priory Community School, Backwell School, Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Ashton Park School, Cotham School, Henbury School, Bridge Learning Campus, Kingsweston School, Bristol Brunel Academy, Hans Price Academy, Digitech Studio School, Bedminster Down, City of Bristol College, Stroud and South Gloucestershire College, Bath College, Weston College, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.