Burnley Council is to help fund careers education for young people in Burnley.
Developed and funded by The Careers & Enterprise Company, and overseen by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's Skills and Employment Hub, the Careers Hub covers three Lancashire regions – Burnley, Pendle and Blackpool. It will be made up of local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.
The Hub will have access to support and funding to help them meet the ‘gold standard’ of careers education.
Councillor Mark Townsend, Leader of Burnley Council said, “Burnley Council is supporting this initiative because we want our young people to have access to the best careers advice in the country. The local area has good jobs in retail, leisure, design, advanced manufacturing, and digital sectors. The Careers Hub will light the path to those opportunities for our young people.”
There are 20 other areas nationally that are also launching Hubs. The driving force behind the Careers Hub in Burnley is the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, which has secured government backing for the idea on the back of its strong track record in working with employers to help deliver careers support and advice. Its Enterprise Adviser Network, which matches local schools with volunteers from local companies to help boost employment prospects for young people, now has over 136 volunteer strategic leaders from business working directly with 127 Lancashire schools and colleges.
News of Lancashire becoming a Careers Hub was announced at aerospace specialists Safran Nacelles in Burnley over the summer, during a visit by pupils from Shuttleworth College in Padiham. With around 850 staff, Safran Nacelles is Burnley’s largest private sector employer, and was one of the first advanced manufacturing companies to sign-up to the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network.
Speaking at the time, Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, said: “It’s fitting that the news about us being awarded Careers Hub status has come on the day we have a group of Year 10 pupils from Padiham finding out about careers in engineering and aerospace at a world-class business like Safran Nacelles.
“This is exactly the type of high-skilled employer encounter which the government is encouraging all regions to pursue, and it’s an approach which underpins many of the strategic objectives found within the Careers Hub programme.”
Shuttleworth College Head Ruth England added: “Having a Careers Hub to support local schools and colleges will give a real boost to the extensive careers advice we already offer, and it will allow us to undertake more employer visits like todays. All of the students have had a brilliant time at Safran Nacelles and have experienced first hand how exciting and dynamic a career in advanced manufacturing can be.”