Worcester MP Robin Walker along with 60 local schools, colleges, SEN schools attended yesterday’s inaugural Worcestershire Careers Hub celebration event.
The showcase took place at the Worcestershire County Council Chamber where attendees received keynote presentations from the Careers and Enterprise Company, Worcestershire LEP and Worcestershire County Council. The event culminated in the presentation of certificates for schools and colleges of Worcestershire whom have demonstrated progress towards their achievement of the 8 x Gatsby Benchmarks.
The celebration event follows a hugely successful first year for the Worcestershire Careers Hub and their drive to support schools to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks contained within the Government’s National Careers Strategy. This includes the recent standout achievement of the Worcestershire Skills Show 2019, which was attended by over 5,000 young people – making it the county’s largest ever careers event.
As Worcester’s MP, Robin has championed the cause of career and skills development, advocating in Parliament for increasing the quality as well as the quantity of apprenticeships, supporting the Parliamentary 100 in 100 campaign spreading awareness of the opportunities that apprenticeships offer to both young people and businesses, as well as regularly meeting with local apprentices and employers in Westminster and Worcester.
Speaking after the event, Robin said: “It was fantastic to be able to attend the Worcestershire’s Career Hub celebratory event, emphasising how career advice can assist towards improving careers outcomes for young people. It is an area that I am extremely passionate about and I want young people to leave schools and colleges better equipped to enter the workforce.”
Luke Willetts, Director of Operations for Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:“I was delighted to be a part of this fantastic celebratory event. Programmes like the Worcestershire Careers Hub really do highlight the exceptional work that is taking place in the schools and colleges across the county, and we can all be proud of the incredible work underway to improve the future prospects of our younger generations.”
Catherine Driscoll, Director of Children, Families and Communities for Worcestershire County Council, said:“It’s been an exceptionally busy year for our county’s schools, colleges and the Worcestershire Careers Hub, and it was therefore a pleasure to celebrate all of their achievements. The event did a great job in highlighting how schools and colleges provide so many young people with a passion and excitement for their future careers and ambitions.”
For further information on the Worcestershire Careers Hub, visit the Skills4Worcestershire website www.skills4worcestershire.co.uk