Expansion of the Greater Essex Careers Hub to boost career opportunities for young Essex residents

Business / Fri 15th Dec 2023 at 11:57am

FIVE experts are being deployed to enhance careers education and opportunities for Greater Essex residents aged 11 to 18.

Essex County Council is co-funding Essex Enterprise Coordinators. They will be part of the Greater Essex Careers Hub (GECH), a joint initiative founded by Southend-on-Sea City Council, Thurrock Council and Make Happen in September 2021. This is one step in Essex County Councils ambition to create all age career education service.

The GECH supports career development and education pathways for young people, empowering students to make informed career choices with enhanced opportunities and insights.

Working with schools, colleges, training providers and employers it helps young people find their best next step and supports local employment opportunities. 

Welcoming Essex County Council as a partner will expand the scope of the service while contributing to the growth of the county’s economy and skilled workforce.

The new Enterprise Coordinators will create a coordinated approach, providing enhanced careers education across the county. 

GECH will help young people make study and work options based on local employment information, enabling a more synchronized and direct approach in engagement from businesses in careers education. This will include online Q&As , virtual tours and industry visits.

Working with employers will provide young people careers education on new emerging roles such as green jobs and technology in construction. It will ensure residents are aware of the local opportunities available to them now and in the future.

Councillor Tony Ball, Cabinet Member for Education Excellence, Lifelong Learning, and Employability at Essex County Council, said: “We are committed to providing young people in Essex with the tools and knowledge required to make informed career choices.

“The Greater Essex Careers Hub aims to familiarise young people with the diverse opportunities, employers and industries in Essex, alongside the future skills necessary for successful careers.

“Essex County Council is proud to co-fund and support the Greater Essex Careers Hub, ensuring personalised support is available for young people across the county.”

Although this service is aimed at 11 to 18-year-old residents, Essex County Council is committed to working with partners to create an all-age career education service. Co-funding the GECH is part of this bigger plan.

The aim is to expand the service to primary schools and adults. This would provide knowledge about industries and skills to foster aspirations, support choices of qualifications and training and inform adult upskilling and career changes into growth sectors.

Essex County Council’s approach is to enhance engagement and work with employers to respond to their needs, ensuring the skills system in Essex meets the demands of businesses for the benefit of both residents and employers.

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