Supporting future workforces across the region has been on the agenda for the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) as part of National Careers Week (4th – 9th March).
WECA Deputy Mayor and B&NES Leader Cllr Tim Warren visited Writhlington School in Radstock whilst WECA Mayor Tim Bowles met with staff at Bristol’s Digitech Studio School.
The visits provided opportunities to learn more about how the Enterprise Adviser Network along with the WECA and Local Enterprise Partnership’s Careers Hub are helping improve career opportunities for young people.
Cllr Tim Warren said, “With so much investment in major schemes across the region we need a workforce that can seize the skilled job opportunities available. 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.”
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.”
The West of England Careers Hub works with 25 schools and colleges from across the region. The schools and colleges are supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their careers.
Mark Bridges, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form at Writhlington School, said, “We were delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor Tim Warren to school to meet our students and hear about their experiences. We are very proud of the opportunities that we provide at Writhlington and Mendip Studio Schools and have seen first-hand the benefits of work-related learning in and outside of the classroom.
“The support and challenge that has been provided by the West of England 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.”
Business people, entrepreneurs, and professionals are being encouraged to volunteer some of their time to help improve career opportunities for young people in the West of England. Training is provided and it’s a great way to give something back to the community. To find out more please visit the WECA website.
Pictured: Cllr Tim Warren visits Writhlington School as part of National Careers Week.