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Posted on: 13th September 2019

Leeds City Council along with schools and businesses have made a fresh commitment to bridging the gap between education and employment for all young people in the city.

Both the Leeds Careers Charter and Start in Leeds were launched last night at Leeds Art Gallery and are set to significantly improve the future prospects of Leeds’s young people.

Leeds Careers Charter brings the Council, business and education together to raise the bar on careers education. The Charter pledges to give young people a range of experiences and information to help them be better informed about the full range of education and training pathways, as well as jobs and careers available in the city. It will also help them develop the skills, attitudes and behaviours they need to make a positive transition from education to employment.

The charter outlines 8 commitments of practical support to inspire, inform and involve young people in their journey for a successful future.

These are:

  • Guidance & support from careers professionals
  • Experiences of the workplace
  • Lessons linked to the world of work & future careers
  • Inspiration & advice direct from amazing employers
  • Information on options with sixth forms, colleges, universities & training providers
  • Opportunities to develop essential work & life skills
  • Access to apprenticeships, jobs & future career possibilities
  • Personalised Digital Profile & CV to record skills, experiences & goals

The charter has been informed by young people across the city and will drive and support a long term commitment to improving the futures of young people in Leeds.

Start in Leeds is a new online and interactive careers guidance platform developed by Leeds based Ed-tech company U-Explore through a contract awarded by the council that will begin to fulfil some of the charter’s commitments.

The platform provides a wealth of information and guidance to young people and their families as they pursue their future career ambitions. It will offer every young person in Leeds moving through high school education, college and into work, the opportunity to access the most up to-date information to inform their future study and career choices, through their computer, phone and tablet.

With interactive e-learning activities, available for use in schools, colleges and at home, the platform sets out to inspire young people as to the full range of career opportunities in and around the city and help them to improve their chances of securing high-skilled employment.

Start in Leeds will also allow all young people in the city to build a digital profile and CV and to search and apply for post-16 full-time education and apprenticeship opportunities. The digital profile and CV will also help young people to apply for opportunities at a later stage and age as they move from learning to earning.

To ensure that as many young people as possible have the chance to use the platform, a range of support will be made available to schools, as well as opportunities for local employers to get involved and contribute to video content and company profiles to bring jobs and opportunities alive.

Leeds City Council is committed to ensuring that all young people and their families are better informed about the jobs, careers and opportunities available to them. This new platform, alongside Leeds Careers Charter will play a key role in this work, and provide a crucial pathway to support young people’s transition successfully from learning to earning.

Leeds City Council executive member for learning, skills and employment Councillor Jonathan Pryor said:

“This is an exciting time for young people and their future career prospects in Leeds. As part of our commitment to ensuring that young people have the best possible opportunity to fully realise their potential the Leeds Careers Charter sets out a clear commitment to provide guidance, experiences, support and technology to young people.

The introduction of Start in Leeds is an important strategic step within the wider context of our city’s inclusive economic growth strategy, which is supporting billions of pounds of inward investment, regeneration and business growth to Leeds.

Not only will all young people be able to access a wealth of information and new e-learning activities, including the creation of a digital portfolio, to develop and build their own career aspirations, schools, the council and wider stakeholders will also be able to access and use a wealth of data which will be created through the new platform.

I am looking forward to seeing the city take further steps to fulfil the charter and support all our young people in the best possible way.”

Founder of U-Explore, Andy Pickles said:

“We are delighted to be working with the council to provide the solution for young people to search and apply for post-16 opportunities in Leeds. This will give all young people access to apply for the full range of learning, training and employment opportunities available.

By adding this to the tools available to schools and providers using Start in Leeds, we’re creating a single place to inspire, inform and connect young people with the fantastic career and study opportunities the city has to offer.”