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NEW FUNDING SCHEME LAUNCHES TO RAISE ASPIRATIONS OF 3500 DISADVANTAGED PUPILS IN LEEDS CITY REGION

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is launching a new funding scheme to help schools raise the aspirations of disadvantaged pupils through careers and enterprise projects.

Colleges, secondary schools or a consortium of secondary schools within Leeds City Region can apply for funding ranging from £7,000 to £50,000 until 21 June 2019.

Secondary schools or colleges are encouraged to find out more or apply for funding today.

In Leeds City Region, the number of employers offering work inspiration (7%) and work experience (36%) is low, leaving gaps in providing a comprehensive careers education for all young people.

The Combined Authority has been delivering a highly regarded Enterprise in Education service since 2015 and is currently working with 90% of Leeds City Region’s secondary schools and colleges. Through the scheme, it is predicted to deliver an enhanced model of enterprise education to 3,500 most disadvantaged learners in Leeds City Region and will engage an additional 20 employers to deliver 6,000 employer encounters.

Through the scheme, pupil’s experiences of jobs beyond their home communities will be widened through good careers education, and strengthened engagement with employers or engagement with young role models working in priority sectors.

Schools are encouraged to deliver projects and experiences that informs and prepares their pupils for the world of work by providing encounters with employers, practical experience of the workplace and knowledge of current and future job roles and industries.

The new scheme will help schools and colleges to demonstrate progress towards Gatsby benchmark 5 (encounters with employers and employees) and Gatsby benchmark 6 (experiences of workplaces), which The Government’s Careers Strategy has asked all schools and colleges to achieve by September 2020.