The national network of Careers Hubs is to almost double from 20 to 38 after the Department for Education announced a £2.5 million investment in the initiative.

Careers Hubs bring together groups of up to 40 schools the aim of improving the careers information, advice and wider workplace experiences on offer to young people.

They aim to encourage initiatives such as employer encounters, workplace experiences and job shadowing and base much of their work on the Gatsby Foundation’s eight Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance.

Research shows that the more encounters young people have with employers, the less likely they are to become NEET and the more likely they are to enjoy higher earnings in later life (SecEd, 2017).

However, the same evidence also shows that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have the least contact with employers while at school.

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