Essex is a Young Careers Champion

  • Date

    Tue 30 Nov 21

The University of Essex is delighted to have been selected as an official partner of Young Careers – a Mayor of London backed service designed to help young people in the capital fulfil their potential.

The service, which is being run locally by public services provider Reed in Partnership, aims to strengthen links between business and education to improve careers guidance given in schools, leaving young people inspired and informed around their career opportunities.

We will be working closely with Mossbourne Community Academy in Hackney and Harris Tottenham Academy in Haringey to deliver in-depth and impartial careers advice and innovative careers activities.

A recent report from the Careers and Enterprise Council found that 72% of schools say careers guidance is more important than ever due to Covid and 76% of business leaders now say that there is an increased need for employers to support young people trying to enter the workplace.

The University of Essex views young people as the future of our industry. Our involvement in Young Careers will ensure that they are fully informed about the types of roles that are available and the routes they need to take to pursue them.

We will be offering young people a range of workshop talks to supply them with key information and insights required to make informed decisions about post 18 education pathways in higher education.

Rachel Wier, Senior Outreach Officer at The University of Essex said: “The University of Essex commits to improving access for students from under-represented groups in HE. A core part of this commitment is the activity we deliver to schools and colleges and our drive to deliver progressive, aspiration raising activity. We are excited to be working in partnership with the Young Careers service to help young people make informed decisions about their future choices”.

Will Hall, Operations Manager for the Young Careers service at Reed in Partnership, said: “We are delighted to be working with The University of Essex on this very important partnership. Their involvement means more young people will benefit from innovative, impartial and informative careers advice in their schools. Young people deserve to have the best possible understanding of all their post-education options to enable them to pursue a career which best suits their skillset and interests. We are looking forward to making The University of Essex’s involvement in Young Careers a great success.”

Young Careers is commissioned by the Greater London Authority and co-financed by the European Social Fund.

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