Marches Careers Hub launches to unify careers support

May 21, 2021

The new Marches Careers Hub was officially launched in April at an online event watched live by over 160 people.

The event, which was organised by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and The Careers and Enterprise Company, brought together employers, schools, colleges and Enterprise Advisers from across the Marches to launch the new service hub, which will unify careers support for young people across the region.

The livestream recording, which is available to watch on The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership YouTube channel, featured special guests — television presenter and author, Radzi Chinyanganya and live scribe, Hannah Williams from Scribble Inc.

Eden Ihle-Vance, Marches LEP Careers Hub Lead said, “The Careers Hub focuses on improving careers outcomes for young people by delivering the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of eight principles of good careers guidance.

“To welcome over 160 people to the launch means that careers support is hugely important to those across the region, and we look forward to working with anyone that has been inspired by the event that wants to get involved.”

Those interested in finding out more have plenty of ways to show their support, including the option of becoming an Enterprise Adviser and improving careers outcomes directly with schools and colleges.

Businesses also have opportunities to address skills shortages, develop corporate social responsibility and influence talent pipelines by offering mentoring, work experience, sharing information about industry sectors or developing simulated HR and recruitment activities.

Marches LEP Chair, Mandy Thorn added, “The Marches Career Hub will provide a network that will support the next generation as they consider their future options. The launch event provided insight into the range of careers options available for young people, and we would urge businesses from across the Marches to engage with the hub and get involved.”

Anyone looking for more information can get in touch with their local Enterprise Co-ordinator — Karen Banks covering Herefordshire, Shelley Robinson and Laura Holiday representing Shropshire, Andriane Usherwood working with those in Telford & Wrekin and David Taylor as Enterprise Coordinator at the LEP for SEND and alternative provision schools — by contacting

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

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