More than 80% of North-East secondary schools have engaged with an inspirational initiative that helps point students in the right direction for further education, training and employment.
Since the National Careers Service started delivery of the Supporting Inspiration initiative, 264 schools throughout the region have been engaged, with 116 schools signing up to access the full range of free services provided.
This comprises 22 across Darlington and Middlesbrough, 10 in Stockton, nine in Hartlepool and eight in Redcar and Cleveland.
Other areas to engage include County Durham (23 schools), Gateshead (10), Newcastle (11), North Tyneside (three), South Tyneside (three), Northumberland (five) and Sunderland (12).
The goal of Supporting Inspiration is to assist young people to develop their appreciation of the world of work, understand the local labour market, and to raise their awareness of opportunities and progression pathways.
Schools that have signed up to the service are given access to an online careers portal, an online brokerage service that provides details of employers willing to support careers education and work related learning, invitations to networking, best practice and briefing events and a weekly national and local labour market information bulletin.
Carly Hinds (pictured above), National Careers Service partnership manager in the North-East, said: “Our mission is to ensure young people across the region are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience needed for them to have a successful future.
“We are pleased to be leading the way in building relationships with schools to make sure students are able to achieve their career aspirations.”
Mike Parker, director of the first and only UK regional network of schools, SCHOOLS NorthEast, said: “Schools are keenly focused on giving their students the best chance of a fulfilling career after they leave education.
“Engaging with the National Careers Service is an important step in helping young people prepare for the world of work.”
The National Careers Service in the North-East recently launched its Supporting Inspiration portal, which aims to transform the way employers contribute to making young people in the region work-ready.
The service, which is part of the Government’s Inspiration agenda, matches up employers willing to inform students about the world of work, with schools and colleges across the region.
It connects with employers, in Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyneside and Wearside, who can offer a range of careers education support such as providing work experience placements, mentoring students face-to-face and online and attending careers fairs.