Career support for Blackpool teens

Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

A new online careers package has launched to help year ten and eleven pupils in Blackpool to navigate training, further education and work.

Start in Blackpool is a free digital platform tailored to each pupil’s individual career journey. It offers a series of short courses for young people to boost their employability training as well as improve their skills and knowledge.

The programme has been created by careers guidance company U-Explore, and the courses have been tested with professionals and pupils from Educational Diversity.

The priority in the first instance is to target vulnerable young people who are at risk of ending up not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The online Blackpool Careers Journey is funded by the Blackpool Opportunity Area, as the town is one of 12 Opportunity Areas set up by the Department for Education to improve education standards and help every child and young person in the area to reach their full potential.

Mike Taplin, Blackpool Opportunity Area delivery lead, said: “This new digital facility provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people in our community to access high quality careers information, advice and guidance, as they start thinking about their futures in year 11, making urgent decisions about their next steps."

Employers are providing exciting virtual work experience opportunities with hands-on tasks and video instruction

Matt Peters, managing director of U-Explore Ltd, said: "We have been inundated with support from education providers, employers and other stakeholders in the town to create something truly ground-breaking.

"Employers are providing exciting virtual work experience opportunities with hands-on tasks and video instruction that suits the YouTube generation and students receive certificates to help their onward progression. The platform will grow over the coming months and be something the town can be justifiably proud of."

For more information on the Blackpool Careers Journey, visit careersjourney.startinblackpool.com