Schools: Nottinghamshire

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st February 2019.

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Photo of Gloria De Piero Gloria De Piero Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to encourage schools in (a) Ashfield and (b) Nottinghamshire to become part of a Careers Hub.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

The government’s careers strategy committed to testing “Careers Hubs” in 20 areas. Careers Hubs comprise of up to 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and careers professionals to improve careers education.

In October 2018 the Secretary of State announced the government would test Careers Hubs in a further 20 areas. This will bring the total amount of government investment in Careers Hubs to £7.5 million. Applications are being accepted for the second wave of Careers Hubs until 22 February 2019. The standard model is for Local Enterprise Partnerships and Combined Authorities to coordinate bids in partnership with named schools and colleges. However, in any places where the Local Enterprise Partnership or Combined Authority does not wish to bid, we will welcome bids from other groups of 20-40 schools and colleges who wish to come together.

To support all interested groups in applying for the second wave of Careers Hubs, The Careers & Enterprise Company produced a ‘Careers Hub Prospectus’. This can be found on The Careers & Enterprise Company website at: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/bid-become-hub. Regional Leads from The Careers & Enterprise Company have also been in touch with potential bidders to offer guidance on how to interpret the prospectus.

Successful applications for the second wave of Hubs will be notified by mid-April and will be operational from September 2019.

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