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Emma Hardy, the MP for Hull West and Hessle, has today hosted the launch of National Careers Week in Parliament.


The event, which Emma hosted in the Attlee Suite room in the House of Commons, was organised by the National Careers Week Community Interest Company (NCWCIC). More information about NCWCIC can be found here:


Among the several sponsors of the event was Hull University.


National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.


With youth unemployment remaining high and employers citing that young people are ill prepared with the basic skills needed for employment, there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.


National Careers Week is the perfect platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they enter the world of work. National Careers Week, which takes place between the 5th and 10th of March, encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers through careers events and activities.


National Careers Week is driven to improve the life chances and social mobility of those that need it most.


Each day of NCW has a key theme, focus and partner. These are as follows:

  • Monday- RBS
  • Tuesday- Careers at Sea
  • Wednesday- Institute of the Motor Industry
  • Thursday- Milkround
  • Friday- NHS Health Careers

National Careers Week are encouraging organisations to make pledges on Twitter using the hashtag. Pledges have included:

  • Running a career focused lesson.
  • Promoting and getting involved with NCW.
  • Arranging to visit a local school, college, training provider or university.
  • Freeing up staff time to get involved in NCW.
  • Giving an insight into a career area.
  • Supporting Careers Events.
  • Career insights and talks.
  • Providing work experience.

Commenting after the event, Emma said: “Since this Conservative Government took office in 2010, it’s become harder and harder for young people to find stable employment. I was delighted to host this event today and to support National Careers Week. The work that they do is vital in promoting career opportunities and encouraging young people from lower income backgrounds to fulfil their potential. But proper careers education can’t be left just to one week a year and I look forward to working with National Careers Week and Hull’s local schools and businesses in the coming weeks and months to promote opportunity in our city.”

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