ALL schools and colleges in Swindon will be able to access careers advice to help prepare them for the world of work when the Careers and Enterprise Company expands its service next month.

The company launched the first 20 careers hubs around England in 2018, with each bringing together a group of up to 40 schools and colleges to improve careers support. Following a successful bid by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the scheme will include every secondary school and college in Swindon and 29 schools and colleges in Wiltshire from July. The SWLEP is a partnership between Swindon Borough Council, Wiltshire Council and business.

Coun Russell Holland said: “This is part of the wider work we are doing with our schools to improve attainment, progression and reduce NEETs.

“This bid means that all our school and college settings are now part of the careers hub and will have access to resources and support to achieve the eight Gatsby benchmarks which define good careers education information, advice and guidance.”

SWELP board member Amanda Burnside said: “I’m delighted that our bid was successful as it will enable the Swindon & Wiltshire Careers Hub to extend the good work that is happening between schools and employers, so that together we provide the workforce and skills needed now and in the future for strong economic growth.”

“Enabling businesses to have an appropriately skilled and competitive workforce to support growth, innovation and creativity remains an investment priority for us.