Local London has launched an exciting new careers website to help young people in our region get advice, information and support. Called START, the interactive tool was introduced to coincide with National Careers Week (March 1-5).
The free resource will be available to young people in eight Local London member boroughs and has been customised for each borough so information about local employers, further education and live job opportunities are relevant. It also contains a tool called Skillsbuilder which allows users to create tailored profiles around their desired career paths.
The eight Local London START platforms were launched at an online event attended by 70 careers leaders from schools and colleges in our region.
Councillor Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the Local London Skills and Employment Board, closed the launch event.
She said: “It’s great to see something really exciting for our young people launching in National Careers Week. The START Local London site has some fantastic content and Skillsbuilder is a really important element helping our young people to build the wider skills they need for their futures.
“We now need the support of school and college careers leaders to get the message out to young people, teachers, parents and carers to encourage as many young people as possible to use the site, and let’s work together to keep building it to make it even better.”
Through Local London’s Enterprise Adviser Network EAST and through the START website, we are developing the way we work with the education sector and business through a shared approach to careers education that will support young people to understand the modern workplace and develop the career management skills and attributes they need to compete in today’s labour market.
The website is a fantastic free resource for young people and for our schools and colleges at a time when it has been very challenging to provide careers information and advice for young people.
They will enable us to bring together information for young people, parents, carers, teachers and employers about study, career opportunities and jobs in their local areas and beyond. Local area pages provide an opportunity for us to link young people’s aspirations to the future job opportunities in their local areas and across London.
The websites will also provide information about local study choices at age 16 and age 18; information about the local labour market and about jobs in the local area and in London, so that young people can see what jobs are available and what employers are looking for.
As well as qualifications, employers put a high value on the core skills that make young people employable. Importantly the START site provides opportunities for young people to develop and evidence the core skills they will need for work and life through the Skillsbuilder Framework.
Each borough has its own unique URL and local pages that link through to the main pages on the START London site. The site is a Beta site because we are developing it further and adding more content all the time.