#Futuregoals highlights opportunities for young people finding out GCSE results

With 30,000 Leeds City Region students finding out getting their GCSE results this week, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) is reminding young people about how it can help them choose their career paths through #futuregoals.

Launched in February, #futuregoals is a careers campaign designed by young people for young people, teachers and parents. #futuregoals’ aim is to inspire career choices and raise awareness of opportunities working in the Leeds City Region’s manufacturing and engineering, construction and infrastructure, digital, health and creative industries.

Be inspired by #futuregoals.

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority said: “By visiting the #futuregoals website young people who have just got their GCSE results and are thinking about their futures can find out a whole host of information about the kinds of roles available, the skills they need for those roles and where they can find training and advice to acquire the skills.

“#futuregoals also aims to address the gender imbalance in the City Region’s key sectors, providing valuable resources for girls looking to pursue a career in traditionally male sectors.

“The #futuregoals website explains the wide range of roles available in each sector as well as videos from local companies and organisations explaining what they do and the kinds of skills they are looking for.”

Roger Marsh OBE Chair Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (The LEP) said: “Our City Region is the largest city regional economy outside of London with a working age population of 1.9 million making it the North’s the largest and fastest-growing region. We also have the youngest population in the country and Bradford alone has more under 15s than anywhere else – a huge future workforce.

“We have over 76,000 businesses, from dynamic small enterprises to blue chip firms and we’re the UK’s largest manufacturing centre, with 127,000 jobs. We also have nine higher education institutions and 14 further education colleges developing talent and innovation. Again the largest centre of education outside London.

“There are plenty of opportunities for the many young people who are just receiving their GCSE results to forge a successful career here and #futuregoals is a really valuable starting point.”

The right skills

#futuregoals was launched to address current and future skills shortages in Leeds City Region’s manufacturing and engineering, construction and infrastructure, digital, health and creative sectors. It is estimated that more than 40 per cent of vacancies in Yorkshire are difficult to fill due to a lack of candidates with the right skills.

Young people, aged 10 to 25 years, from across the City Region played a central part in designing #futuregoals, taking part in a series of workshops to share what would inspire, motivate and encourage them to learn more about the jobs and career paths on their doorstep.

The campaign has seen the LEP’s Enterprise Coordinators working closely with a network of Enterprise Advisers from business and Young Apprenticeship Ambassadors to deliver inspiring lessons and assemblies in around 160 secondary schools throughout the City Region. A network of over 150 businesses are supporting young people through initiatives such as workshops, work experience, mentoring, and assemblies.

Set you future goals with #futuregoals.

23 Aug 2018

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