Envision attends launch of West of England Careers Hub

Envision, alongside schools and colleges from across the West of England, attended the launch of the new West of England Careers Hub to help improve career opportunities for young people and enable students to forge ties with businesses.

Managed by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Careers Hub will work with schools and colleges to improve career opportunities and work experience for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers.

Envision were invited to attend the event having been recognised as a quality provider of employability support in schools. To showcase this work, one of the Community-Apprentice graduates discussed their experience of the programme and how support from a business mentor can help skills development.

KS4 graduate, Annabel from Cabot Learning Federation Post 16, discussed her experience of working with Business Mentors from the University of the West of England. Anna said, “My confidence in talking in front of an audience has grown a lot as a result of working with Business Mentors. I really enjoyed talking to them about our project and why we are doing it. It was great to see how excited they were for our project and to have their support. I would like to say a huge thank you to them”.

Following the launch, Gemma Perkins, Enterprise Coordinator of the West of England Combined Authority remarked that Annabel was “certainly the star of the show!” and Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “I was honoured to launch the new Careers Hub and to meet the schools’ and colleges’ careers teams in order to learn more about how they plan to work with businesses to improve the opportunities open to young people in our region. It’s clear to see the enthusiasm and determination from everyone involved to help achieve the best outcomes for our young people”.

The Careers Hub will provide young people with the opportunity to connect with the world of work and engage with potential future employers, developing their career aspirations.