Greater Brighton Metropolitan College’s Careers Excellence Hub was created by necessity to provide CEIAG and work-experience placements in the absence of a disbanded Connexions service and Education-Business Partnership.
The initiative wasn’t ‘owned’ by a local authority or LEP, so developed organically into a pan-Sussex 40-strong membership organisation of self-electing members open to anyone working with year 10 upwards and adults requiring CEIAG.
Membership provides access to a work experience database and termly meetings with agendas set by members. Impacts include development of mock interviews with employers for year 11s, and the number of active work experience placements increasing from 2305 to over 4000. Students are able to access the database to browse and express interest in placements and bespoke college ‘Transition’ courses have been developed for special school students on college campus.
The Hub provides effective support to CIEAG staff which enables students to assess their own choices/chances through introducing new routes of career progression and access to employers. As provision develops including T-levels, the work experience database is developed ensuring it remains fit for purpose for school and college students.
Facilitation of the Hub enables the college to remain at the heart of our community, supporting students with quality work experience placements and informed CEIAG.