Opportunity Areas Webinar

  • Date: 17/06/2021
  • Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
  • Location:
  • URL: Event Link

Careers Advice for Young People – what worked for us and how we approached it.

You will hear short presentations on the place-based approach the Opportunity Areas programme has taken to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. From networks of employers to online platforms, effective careers facilitator networks and large-scale events, you will hear insights from successful projects in West Somerset, Doncaster, Blackpool and Norwich. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss with the panel and other participants.

Our panel

  • Liz Franey – Deputy Director and Opportunity Areas Senior Responsible Officer – chair. Liz has worked in a variety of roles in the Department for Education, including with the Regional Schools Commissioner and in Free Schools Division. Previously, she worked on trade and aid policies in the European Commission.
  • Professor Sir Chris Husbands – Chair of the Doncaster Partnership Board. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since 2016. He is Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and sits on the Board of Universities UK.
  • Lisa Tomkins – Senior Enterprise Coordinator for Somerset at the Heart of the South West Careers Hub. Lisa has worked in education management and delivery for 25 years, coordinating national and local programmes within the public, private and third sectors.
  • Graham Cowley – Chair of Blackpool Opportunity Area Partnership Board. Previously, he was a Director of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, managing one of the largest Growth Deal programmes in the UK. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and spent most of his career managing construction design businesses.
  • Katrina Temple – Careers Lead at City Academy Norwich. Katrina has worked in education for 16 years. Careers has been a central part of her work in the delivery of vocational qualifications, as a progress leader for Year 11 and as a senior leader with oversight of personal development.

Opportunity Areas

The Opportunity Areas programme has been making a difference for children and young people by bringing together national and local partners from businesses, education, civil society, and community organisations . It addresses priorities identified by analysis of data through engagement with local stakeholders.

Further information on the Opportunity Areas, including the Careers Insight Guide, which features five projects from the 12 areas, can be found here.

You will receive a link to the webinar platform (Microsoft Teams) in reminder emails.

If you are a journalist, please direct your query to the Department for Education news desk on 020 7783 8300.

Further Information

Find out more about this event by calling us on 01536 513388
or emailing us at info@youthemployment.org.uk
or visiting the event website

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