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HEY LEP chair, James Newman OBE, receives the Building Future Skills award.

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Careers Hub received national recognition this week for its work on local skills improvement plans and apprenticeship and technical routes.

The Building Future Skills award was handed to HEY Local Enterprise Partnership (HEY LEP) chair, James Newman OBE, at The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Careers Excellence 2024 event at the House of Lords on Tuesday 5 March.

This tremendous recognition for HEY Careers Hub saw them awarded ahead of the thousands of stakeholders in careers education nationally working tirelessly to support young people in making their next steps.

The event’s brochure cited:

“Hull and East Yorkshire Careers Hub has shown skill and energy in bringing together strategic priorities such as local skills improvement pians and boosting apprenticeship and technical routes. It has skilfully aligned education outreach with local economic need, by harnessing the collective power of its Careers Hub and through the collaborative efforts of its Local Enterprise Partnership.”

The CEC hosted the celebratory event during National Careers Week 2024 to recognise 10 careers education champions and their collective effort to promote skills and positive outcomes for young people.

HEY LEP chief operating officer, Teresa Chalmers, and HEY Careers Hub lead, Fiona Headridge, with the award.

Fiona Headridge, HEY Careers Hub lead, said: “On behalf of HEY LEP and HEY Careers Hub, I was honoured to have been invited to attend the Careers Excellence 2024 to celebrate the impact we are delivering with our key partners in building the future skills of the region’s young people.

“Over the last five years, we have established an extensive careers eco system which all 50 schools and colleges in Hull and East Yorkshire now engage with

“Our school heads, careers leaders, college principals and governing bodies have worked in close partnership with the LEP and the Careers and Enterprise Company to drive quality improvements and ensure that the region’s young people, who are the future talent pipeline and much needed workforce, understand more about the opportunities available to them.

“I am delighted that our team’s effort has been recognised nationally.”

James Newman OBE added: “The LEP understands first-hand what businesses require to drive our local economy and access to a current and future workforce is a vital part of this approach.

“The work we deliver in partnership with our education providers and employer stakeholders is essential.

“We are delighted to have so many employers who work with us in this space, partnering with schools and colleges and helping the careers system to have greater impact, inspiring our young people.”