Dorset careers hub

Bringing employers, schools and colleges together to transform careers education.

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Dorset is one of 20 additional Careers Hubs across England, following an announcement from the Secretary of State. Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership led the submission of Dorset’s successful bid to become a Careers Hub. The expansion of the Careers Hub model follows news last year that careers support is improving across England.

  • Dorset one of 20 new Careers Hubs to lead excellence in careers support for young people
  • Dorset Careers Hub awarded £150k pa (plus training bursaries)
  • 40 local schools and colleges will form part of Dorset Careers Hub.

Working collaboratively, the Dorset Careers Hub’s primary aim will be to improve careers support for young people across Dorset, through a relentless focus on best practice. Dorset Careers Hub comprises 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities (Bournemouth University, Arts University Bournemouth, AECC University College and Southern Universities Network), training providers, career professionals and employers across Dorset.  It will be managed by a full time Hub Lead based at Dorset LEP’s offices and will work with a team of Enterprise Advisers and a new dedicated Enterprise Coordinator for Weymouth and Portland focusing on careers support for Dorset’s most deprived area.

Dorset Careers Hub will give local schools and colleges access to:

  • Support and funding, including an expert ‘Hub Lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks
  • A central fund to support employer engagement activities including funds ring-fenced for Weymouth and Portland
  • Training for existing ‘careers leaders’ working in each Hub school and college.

Employers are vital to the success of Careers Hubs, and Dorset Careers Hub will need to demonstrate strong engagement with local businesses and a clear plan for increasing employer engagement.

Cornerstone Employers

Cornerstone Employers are a key part of the Careers Hubs, and their role is to leverage their supply chains and networks to accelerate the work of Dorset Careers Hub.

More than 100 Cornerstone Employers across the country have committed to driving and championing all-important connections to the world of work, and already five employers have committed to underwriting careers provision in Dorset: