The West of England Mayor and Deputy Mayor recently visited local schools to support young people’s career opportunities, as part of National Careers Week.
Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tim Warren joined joined Writhlington and Mendip Studio School’s students and staff to learn more about how the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership’s Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network are helping improve career opportunities for young people.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “We’re working with schools, colleges and businesses to make sure that young people are aware of all the opportunities available to them in our region.
“We need the right skills for businesses now and into the future and we must encourage young people to realise their potential. Our West of England Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network are helping to ensure young people have more opportunities to explore the world of work and meet potential future employers.”
Cllr Warren said: “With so much investment in major schemes across the region we need a workforce that can seize the skilled job opportunities available and it has been a real delight to visit schools in Bath and North East Somerset to find out about the work being done that supports young people when it comes to the kind of jobs they hope to find in the future. We have many talented students in all our schools and it is our duty to make sure they reach their full potential.”
Mark Bridges, Assistant Headteacher & Head of Sixth Form at Writhlington School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Tim Warren to meet our students. We are very proud of the opportunities we provide at Writhlington and Mendip Studio Schools and have seen first had the benefits of work related learning in and outside of the classroom. The support and challenge that has been provided by the South West Careers Hub has been invaluable and pushed us to ensure that all students have the skills, attributes and opportunities to be fully prepared for the world of work, university or apprenticeships.”
The West of England Careers Hub, funded through the Careers & Enterprise Company, works with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.