School is chosen for careers pilot

Professor Sir John Holman at the launch of the Career Benchmarks Pilot.

Professor Sir John Holman at the launch of the Career Benchmarks Pilot.

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A school has been chosen for a new national careers pilot aiming to help the next generation of employees.

Churchill Community College, in Wallsend, will join 15 other schools and colleges from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) area to pilot the new four-year Career Benchmarks project.

The pilot will involve two years of intensive careers activity with schools, colleges and local businesses as well as four years of data collection to be gathered and analysed.

It will identify any barriers and look at how they can be overcome, as well as generate case studies to create a new model for supporting schools that can be rolled out nationally.

Launching the pilot, Sir John Holman, Professor of Chemistry at York University, said: “The north east has a very cohesive schooling community, with excellent networks, and is therefore an excellent region in which to run the pilot.”

The pilot schools and colleges are currently auditing themselves against the benchmarks to accurately determine their starting points.

Each school and college will then produce an action plan, detailing how they will develop their provision in relation to the benchmarks, over the next two years, to meet the targets of the national pilot.

Vice Chair of the North East LEP Board, Andrew Hodgson, said: “The 16 schools and colleges that have signed up to the Career Benchmarks Pilot are very enthusiastic about the project and what we’re trying to achieve, both for the benefit of their own pupils and the wider north east economy.

“Ultimately, we hope the scheme will play an important role in providing employers with workers boasting the knowledge and abilities they need to close the skills gap, and in creating more and better jobs for the north east.”