YC Hertfordshire holds major event for careers guidance and work-related learning professionals
26 March 2020
Making an impact with careers – showcasing Hertfordshire’s achievements and outcomes
Earlier this month YC Hertfordshire Services for Young People held its annual conference. The aim of the day was to showcase Hertfordshire’s achievements and emphasise the importance of good careers guidance and work related learning in supporting young people’s progression from education to employment.
The event, run in partnership with the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers & Enterprise Company, attracted 130 delegates from schools and employers.
The conference was opened by Terry Douris, Hertfordshire County Council’s Executive Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, who said:
“I would like to thank YC Hertfordshire for co-ordinating and hosting this conference. The organisation continues to promote the importance of quality independent and impartial careers guidance, delivering over 3,200 days of guidance in the county’s schools and providing over 6,500 work experience placements each year.
“I want Hertfordshire to be the county of opportunity for all its young people. Without timely, personalised guidance and careers education, what hope do our young people have of navigating their way to future success, happiness and wellbeing?”
John Yarham, Chief Executive Officer at The Careers & Enterprise Company, spoke of innovative ways of achieving and evidencing good career guidance. He said:
“We have very strong engagement between employers and schools in Hertfordshire and I have to credit YC Hertfordshire for enabling this to be developed and maintained.”
A major focus of the conference was the latest on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) pathways. Two STEM industry experts gave powerful presentations on how to inspire and support young people, especially young women, to to work in these careers.