Skills Minister Anne Milton MP visited Oasis Academy Brislington yesterday (6 June) to speak to students and staff from schools across the West of England about how they prepare and inspire young people for the world of work.
More young people across the region will now receive targeted support with the expansion of the West of England Careers Hub announced earlier this month. A Careers Hub brings together groups of schools and colleges with employers, training providers and careers professionals to improve careers guidance for young people.
The West of England Careers Hub was first launched by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in September 2018, to work with 25 schools and colleges across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Following a successful first year, The Careers & Enterprise Company has now announced that the West of England Careers Hub will now be expanded to work with 70 mainstream schools and colleges, as well as six special educational needs and disability schools.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton spoke with careers leaders from schools across the area, and also spoke to students about their plans for the future and the support they get from their school.
She said: “It was brilliant to speak to students from Brislington Oasis School and meet Careers Leaders from the area. The West of England Careers Hub has made fantastic progress and demonstrates how well this model is working by bringing together schools, colleges, employers and others.
“It is vitally important that young people know about the range of opportunities available, to inspire and prepare them to make informed decisions about their futures. I congratulate the Careers Leaders and the school on leading the way in engaging with local employers, and look forward to hearing about their continued progress.”
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “It’s terrific to see our work to improve skills in the region is receiving national recognition and support from the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister. The West of England Careers Hub is so important in helping our young people realise their potential, by ensuring they know what the world of work can offer them, and have the right skills for our region’s employers.”
Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “The Minister is a huge champion of creating opportunities for those that need them most. We are thrilled that she is spending time at a school that is leading the way in careers support – enabling the aspirations and choices of its students – and hearing from the Careers Leaders who are making this crucial work happen.”
Principal of Oasis Academy Brislington, Peter Knight, said: “We were honoured to have the Minister of Skills and Apprenticeships visit our academy and speak with students about their aspirations. Our careers education aims to build our students’ confidence, motivation and resilience to achieve their potential and fulfil their ambition. Working with the Careers and Enterprise Company has enabled us to develop partnerships with businesses who support us in ensuring that our students leave the academy careers ready and with high aspirations.”
Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Craig Cheney, who represented the West of England Combined Authority on the official visit, said: “As one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, there are a wide range of potential career paths available to young people in Bristol and it is vital we help guide them towards the ones that best suit their skills, interests and potential. We welcome the expansion of the Careers Hub to include more of Bristol’s schools and the positive impact it will bring to young people as well as the wider city.”