Cumbria Top of the Class for Careers Provision

1 October 2019

Careers provision within secondary schools and colleges in Cumbria is rated amongst the best in England.

The launch of the Cumbria Careers Hub in January 2019 has helped drive strong progress against every Gatsby benchmark, which describe high quality careers guidance.

The Hub is managed, supported and part-funded by the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) along with the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).

CEC recently released its State of the Nation Report for 2019, describing careers provision in England’s secondary schools and colleges at the end of the academic year 2018/19 – and Cumbria is one of nine top quartile performers amongst the 38 LEP areas in England.

The commitment to high quality careers education from the schools and colleges across the Hub can be seen in the progress made against each Benchmark since its inception.

Significant progress in Cumbria has been made in areas relating to learning from career and labour market information, linking curriculum learning to careers, encounters with employers and employees and experience of the workplace.

The county’s success demonstrates the commitment of employers in Cumbria to support high quality careers education as well as the effectiveness of partnerships within the Hub between employers, schools and colleges and the commitment of Careers Leaders within schools.

Caroline Ledward, Cumbria Careers Hub Manager, said: “The Careers Hub has supported schools, colleges and employers to work together to deliver experiences of the workplace and link curriculum delivery to careers.

“The strength of our approach is that it builds on local strengths and partnerships. However, there is more to do to secure our ambition for world class careers education across Cumbria, and we would welcome approaches from employers looking to support young people understand the career opportunities available to them.”


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