Driving Ambition Across the Powerhouse
This 2018 report from the Northern Powerhouse Partnership outlines what is necessary to close the education and skills gap between the North of England and London, which will enable the North to narrow the long-standing and widening productivity gap in the future, and deliver on the ambition of the Northern Powerhouse. It sets out 14 specific recommendations that are necessary to complete these goals. The recommendations span the journey a child makes from the nursery to the workplace, addressing key intervention points where they need the most support. It argues: “Of the most crucial factors affecting our next generation, there are three factors that stand out from many others: (i) how vital a child’s early years are, (ii) how disadvantage drastically impairs performance at school and drags the North further behind the rest of the UK, and (iii) the importance of businesses across the North playing a much bigger role in leading and directing meaningful work readiness.
Great to find careers matters being highlighted, though, surprisingly no mention of Brexit or the National Careers Service. The Careers and Enterprise Company’s ‘State of the Nation’ report is referenced. This is based on responses from 578 secondary schools.
There are 3,200 secondary schools and over 300 Further Education Colleges in England. Looking forward to keeping the spotlight on careers support services for young people and adults within Northern Powerhouse developments.
Deirdre Hughes contributed to two panel sessions at the launch of this report in Leeds representing the People’s Powerhouse.