Local London has been chosen by the Mayor of London to deliver one of four new careers hubs in the Capital.
The east London partnership of eight local authorities and London Borough of Bromley successfully bid to deliver the programme and have been allocated £2million over two years to support schools and colleges to deliver high-quality careers provision to young people in the sub-region.
The new Local London Careers Hub East will support over 200 secondary schools, colleges, pupil referral units and special schools across the nine boroughs to improve the quality of their careers programmes and embed links with employers into careers provision.
The Careers Hub will build on the successful London Enterprise Adviser Network that Local London has delivered since 2019 and incorporate it into the Careers Hub.
Cllr Darren Rodwell, Chairman of Local London, said: “Careers’ education plays a vital role in supporting young people to discover routes available to them, including in London’s new and emerging industries.
“We know that East London is growing substantially with new roles in creative and green industries both good examples of the explosion in jobs the sub-region will see in future years. We want our talented young people to know about the massive variety of job roles available to them in their own part of London and how they can get the right skills and experience to embark on a rewarding career path.
“We’re excited to be chosen as one of London’s four Careers Hub providers. Our LEAN East programme is exceptional, and we already have positive relationships with the sub-region’s schools, colleges and PRUs to build from. The programme also successfully adapted to the challenges of the pandemic moving many of its services online and innovating with technology to ensure a high-quality offer to our young people in challenging circumstances. It’s perfectly positioned to deliver this new hub.”
Launching the Capital’s four careers’ hubs, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: “I want put young people at the heart of our recovery efforts. This funding will help young Londoners identify their talents and passions as well as match their interests and skill sets with careers. High-quality careers education enables young people to explore which jobs and industries are right for them once formal education ends.
“These Careers Hubs will play a big part in helping young people find their place in the working world and ensuring they can make the most of their talents.”
The £11.5m investment, jointly funded by the Mayor, European Social Fund (ESF), and Careers and Enterprise Company, will offer support to all secondary schools, FE colleges, Alternative Provision and Special schools across the capital to develop high-quality careers education.
The Careers Hubs programme will also focus support on young Londoners who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including targeted support for students with special educational needs or disabilities, and young black men in alternative provision.
Oli de Botton, the Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “Modern, 21st century careers education for every child, no matter their background or circumstance couldn’t be more important.
“Careers Hubs play an incredibly important role in making this happen. They are helping businesses, schools, apprenticeship providers and colleges to collaborate. I want to say a huge congratulations to the team in London for setting their Careers Hubs up, so it helps to improve the lives of young people.”
Career Hubs are part of a national programme funded by Department of Education through the Careers & Enterprise Company. In London they are match funded by European Social Fund and Greater London Authority.
Alex Burghart MP, Minister for Skills, said: “Careers Hubs ensure young people can see and know about the huge range of different jobs and career pathways on offer, and make decisions that work best for them and their futures”
“Good careers education is such a valuable asset, so it’s fantastic to see that the Careers Hubs in London are launching, meaning more young people have the information they need to make the most of their talents.”
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Local London is one of four sub-regional partnerships in our Capital City. Founded in 2016, we are a group of eight Conservative and Labour councils in the North East and South East of London representing around 2.3 million residents and 100,000 businesses. Our population makes us larger than Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool combined.
Through our three-year Local London Plan, we work collectively to enable growth. Residents and businesses in this part of London do not benefit from the advantages of living and operating in the Capital City so we seek to remedy that in two specific ways.
Firstly, we deliver a £60 million set of ‘soft growth’ programmes and projects targeted at specific groups of our population and businesses. For example:
- The DWP Local London Work and Health Programme – which helps people with disabilities and long-term unemployment back into work through bespoke support.
- The DWP Local London Job Entry Targeted Support (JETS) Programme – which supports people made unemployed by the pandemic to re-enter work.
- London East Careers Hub – which provides careers provisions to schools, colleges and PRUs in this region.
- E-business programme – which supports SME businesses to capitalise on digital marketing and emerging technologies.
- We also deliver initiatives around improvements to digital infrastructure and are developing a new Green jobs and skills partnership which will focus on the emerging green economy.
Secondly, we champion, influence and advocate for our region by bidding for new funding, lobbying for change and improvement, and seeking devolution opportunities. The Local London sub-region is at the confluence of two nationally important growth corridors (The UK Innovation Corridor and Thames Estuary), and we work practically with both of those to generate growth and capitalise upon opportunity.
Career Hubs are part of a national programme funded by Department of Education through the Careers & Enterprise Company. In London they are match funded by European Social Fund and Greater London Authority. Each Hub will match business volunteers to the schools and colleges and together will support the Career Leaders to develop and deliver a comprehensive career programme. The quality of a school or college careers programme is measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks and recorded using a tool called Compass. In London delivery partners bid to deliver a hub in each London Sub region. The successful bids were West London: Education Development Trust; East London: Local London; Central London: Reed in Partnership and South London: South London Partnership.