The Liverpool City Region is to become a ‘Careers Hub’, working with employers and professionals to improve education on opportunities.
The hub will also be made up of training providers, universities and 34 local schools and colleges as it works to prepare young people for the world of work.
Careers Hubs form part of the government’s Careers Strategy, which was published in December, and the Liverpool City Region is confirmed as one of 20 across England.
The government has allocated £5 million over a two-year period to support the hubs.
Here in the region, it is aimed that support and funding will help set up a ‘hub lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks, provide access to bursaries for individual schools and colleges to train ‘careers leaders’, create a Central Hub Fund equivalent to around £1,000 per school or college and provide access to funding for schools to support employer encounters.
Asif Hamid MBE (pictured), chair of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, says: “This is a fantastic news for the city region.
“The Careers Hub will enable us to promote the wide range of opportunities for employment and learning to our young people across the region, ensuring they are given the right information at the right time to make informed choices about their future.
“Importantly, it will also enable businesses to raise awareness of the skills and attitudes that they require from their future workforce.
“Having a dedicated hub will pay dividends for the future of our city region, its economy and the people that live and work here.”
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, adds: “In the modern world of work the better informed our young people are about the options open to them the better chance they have of going into work that fits their skills and interests and provides them with a fulfilling career.
“The new Careers Hub is an exciting development and should prove a very important resource for young people across our city region.”