Thurrock Council offering careers advice to reduce NEET numbers

THURROCK Council’s careers advice and guidance service, Inspire Careers, is being offered to schools and academies in the borough and surrounding areas to help reduce the number of people ‘Not in Employment, Education or Training’ (NEET).

In 2011, legislation allowed schools and academies to select their own provider to deliver impartial careers information, advice and guidance. In response, Thurrock Council developed ‘Inspire Careers’, a paid-for service which it now delivers in seven of the ten secondary schools and academies in Thurrock.

Due to the success of Inspire Careers in Thurrock, the advice and guidance service is being made available to schools and academies in Essex, Southend, Havering and Barking and Dagenham, Cllr James Halden, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “It is great for Thurrock to have a successful service that we can provide to a wider audience.”

He continued by saying, “Inspire Careers is a high quality service that gives young people access to sound advice and guidance from experts before leaving school or college.”

As a paid service, the new Conservative administration in Thurrock is hoping to generate income through the Inspire Careers service.

Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Shane Hebb, was pleased: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the council to earn an income relieving council cost burdens from the tax payer while providing a high quality service to young people.

“Innovative ideas and exploiting opportunities like this will be encouraged more within the council. “The new administration recognises revenue generation for services like Inspire will ease pressures on the public purse. Our pro revenue-generation attitudes will be adopted, cross-council, as we move forward.

For more information on Thurrock Council’s careers advice services and the packages available to schools and academies, go to: thurrock.gov.uk/careersupport

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