This week we are celebrating National Careers Week which highlights the power of effective careers education in schools and colleges.
Access to a good careers education is fundamental to ensuring that young people can make informed decisions about their future. It enables them to understand the world of work and the skills they need to progress into their chosen career. A sound careers education also widens young people’s horizons and highlights the huge array of opportunities open to them.
In order to support this work in the North East we, at the Chamber, are proud to be launching our Careers Engagement Project. We’ll be working with our business members to create a comprehensive careers resources hub, which schools and colleges in membership can use to support their careers education.
We all know the business community has an important role in young people’s career education. The Gatsby benchmarks, (which schools must align their careers education provision with), stresses the value of encounters with employers and experiences of workplaces
The Chamber believes that providing young people with meaningful engagement with employers will be more important than ever in the coming year with the labour market becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. Not only this, but the pandemic has created rapid economic change, which is changing the types of skills needed in the evolving economy. It is more important than ever that businesses invest in the future workforce and support the people who will be in it, to acquire the skills their business need to succeed.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has made this much more difficult and left many schools and businesses struggling to make these beneficial connections. In our Linking Business with Education event in October, our education members raised the hope that business members would work with them to create a pool of careers resources for schools and colleges.
We believe this is fundamental to our commitment to help create a Working North East and ensure that all young people, irrespective of background, can reach their full potential.
If you would like more information on the project or would like to be involved, please email Niamh.firstname.lastname@example.org.