West London Careers Hub Launch Press Release

New Careers Hub supports West London students

The Mayor of London has launched 4 new Careers Hubs across London to give young people a head start in finding great jobs and planning their futures. The £11.5 million investment funded by the Mayor, European Social Fund and Careers and Enterprise Company will offer support to secondary schools, FE colleges, Alternative Provision and Special Educational Needs schools and colleges across London.

West London Careers Hub builds on the successes of Careers Hubs elsewhere in the UK by linking schools and colleges with employers. Through those partnerships, they aim to ensure that every young person gets the guidance, skills and experience they need to make an informed decision about their future career path. The Hub will also run a programme of events including work insight visits and providing employer encounters.

Schools and colleges in the area will be able to access support through the Hub, which will help build effective networks and support schools and colleges to achieve exemplary careers support for their students by meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Employers, both national and SMEs in West London, are encouraged to join the Hub, not only to bring the world of work to life for local young people but to also provide personal development opportunities for their staff by volunteering in schools and colleges and potentially sourcing future talent for their organisation.

Delivered by the Employability & Careers team at Education Development Trust in partnership with the Careers Enterprise Company, West London Careers Hub is a European Social Fund programme. The expansion of this initiative, which has already been implemented in other areas of the country, follows a hugely successful trial and roll out, backed by the Careers and Enterprise Company working on behalf of the Department for Education.

The Careers Enterprise Company published a study in 2019 demonstrating that the initial roll out of Careers Hubs had increased overall careers education progress and performance by 5 per cent in the first 12 months.

Mark De Backer, Deputy Director (Young People) Employability & Careers at Education Development Trust commented:

‘I see the roll out of Careers Hubs nationally as a cornerstone to the Careers Strategy. It’s really exciting therefore that Education Development Trust is part of this Greater London Authority and Careers and Enterprise Company led initiative. We will not only aim to support Careers Leaders in schools and colleges develop their programmes and connect with employers to support young people with their career planning but will aim to connect the different positive activities going on in the careers landscape in our case across West London.’

If you are interested in finding out more about the programme, please contact us on info@wlcareershub.com or visit our website www.wlcareershub.com.