Schools signing up to new career initiative

Carly Hinds, Partnership Manager in the North East, for the National Careers Service.
Carly Hinds, Partnership Manager in the North East, for the National Careers Service.

Secondary schools have signed up to an initiative that helps point students in the right direction for further education, training and employment.

Since the National Careers Service commenced delivery of the Supporting Inspiration initiative 264 schools throughout the north east have been engaged, with 116 schools signing up to access the full range of free services provided.

Three schools North Tyneside and five in Northumberland have signed up.

The goal of the initiative is to assist young people to develop their appreciation of the world of work, understand the local labour market, and to raise their awareness of opportunities and progression pathways.

Carly Hinds, partnership manager in the north east for the National Careers Service, said: “Our mission is to ensure young people across the region are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience needed for them to have a successful future.

“We are pleased to be leading the way in building relationships with schools to make sure students are able to achieve their career aspirations.”

Mike Parker, director of the first and only UK regional network of schools, SCHOOLS NorthEast, said: “Schools are keenly focused on giving their students the best chance of a fulfilling career after they leave education. Engaging with the National Careers Service is an important step in helping young people prepare for the world of work.”

The National Careers Service in the North East recently launched its Supporting Inspiration portal, which aims to transform the way employers contribute to making young people in the region work-ready.

The service matches up employers willing to inform students about the world of work, with schools and colleges across the region.

It connects with employers who can offer a range of careers education support such as providing work experience placements, mentoring students face-to-face and online and attending careers fairs.

For more information headteachers and employers should log onto www.supportinginspiration.org.uk/NEor email supportinginspiration@cfbt.com