Schools and colleges in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are benefiting from improvements to careers education, according to national data.
A report released by the Careers and Enterprise Company – the first time such regional level data has been released, underlines how communities further from the economic opportunities of London and the South East are blazing a trail in careers education.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is towards the top of the national average in half of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks: Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information, Linking curriculum learning to Careers, Personal Guidance and leads the country on Work Experience, with two-thirds (67%) of schools and colleges ensuring every student having direct experience of the workplace.
To help achieve high quality careers provision in secondary schools and colleges, the Careers and Enterprise Company established 20 Careers Hubs across England to link with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals, to achieve the recognised world-class careers guidance standard; Gatsby Benchmarks.
The Careers Hub in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly is part funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council.
Christine Hodgson, Chairman of The Careers & Enterprise Company and of consultancy firm Capgemini UK plc, said: “These improvements are the result of a huge targeted effort by government, employers and providers to improve careers education for young people that need it most.
“From speaking to schools and college leaders in these communities, we get a strong sense that they are working so hard to improve careers education because they see it as an answer to the social mobility challenge they see every day.
“Young people often have high aspirations, but they don’t always get the support they need to realise those aspirations. By educating them about the possible options that exist, by creating opportunities for them to interact directly with employers from all sorts of industries, these schools are rising to this challenge.”
Carrie Holmes, Careers Hub Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Lead said: “Over the past 18 months we have seen the benefits of businesses, schools and colleges working more closely together and making progress towards the Gatsby Benchmarks. Schools and colleges across the county are carrying out more careers related activity than ever before, starting at a younger age and embedding some great activities that are engaging and informative for young people. This has only been made possible due to the fantastic support that we have received from the local business community and the hard work by the Career Leaders in the schools and colleges that make up the hub.”
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