Priority 3: Improving careers support

Our aim

To improve advice and support for young people when moving between schools/colleges and into work, creating inspiring opportunities and exciting futures.

What is the issue?

The proportion of all pupils in sustained education, employment or training after key stage 4 is lower than the national average, for all pupils and for disadvantaged pupils. The Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) rate amongst sixteen to
eighteen year olds is high, despite work targeted at those of risk of becoming NEET.

Too many pupils leave school without English and maths GCSEs. The further education providers do excellent work to address this (with greater than average numbers achieving their GCSEs between the ages of sixteen and nineteen). However, by the age of nineteen the proportion of young people who are qualified to level two (GCSE or equivalent) in English and maths remains much lower than the national average.

Despite the strength of Blackpool Sixth Form and Blackpool and the Fylde College, and the diverse academic and vocational offer they provide, the proportion of nineteen year olds qualified to level three remains lower than the national average. For disadvantaged
nineteen years olds, the proportion is close to national average. A recent employer survey undertaken by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) found that many youngsters, particularly those leaving school at sixteen, are ill-prepared for the world of work and more needs to be done to equip them with the skills and confidence to succeed.

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What are we doing?

  • The careers and enterprise provision, funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company on behalf of each school and college, has commenced activity and an Enterprise Adviser has been appointed for each school. Cornerstone employers are offering support in Blackpool schools and colleges as part of the Employer Commitment.
  • The Opportunity Area partnership board is currently assessing proposals to reduce NEET levels in Blackpool. Drawing on the experience of local partners who already work with the most vulnerable people in the area, evidence based, effective interventions will be taken forward.
  • The National Citizen Service will identify one member of staff within each of the Blackpool secondary schools to participate in its School Coordinator Programme.
  • By July 2018, young people in Blackpool aged 11 to 18 will have had over 14,000 meaningful encounters with employers.

Our targets

  • The proportion of young people who are in education, employment or training six months after leaving secondary school will place Blackpool in the top half of the country.
  • The proportion of disadvantaged pupils undertaking a Higher and Degree Apprenticeship or going to university will put Blackpool in the top half of the country.
  • Young people in Blackpool aged eleven to eighteen will have had over 46,000 meaningful encounters with employers.
  • 540 young people will participate in the National Citizen Service.