Combined Authority and the LEP launch new FutureGoals careers resources for parents and carers to support families during pandemic

New careers resource to help parents and carers have informative conversations about career aspirations, options and plans for the future.

24 November 2020

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) have developed new careers resources for parents and carers to support careers education for young people through the FutureGoals initiative.  

These fantastic new careers resource will enable parents and carers to have informative conversations with their children about their career aspirations, pathway options and plans for the future.   

Designed with specific themes, the resources offer tools and guidance on understanding qualifications, learning how to identify different skillsets, exploring opportunities in future jobs within Leeds City Region and looking outside the box when considering employment opportunities.  

The resources have been developed through the Kirklees Careers Hub, established by the LEP and funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company to transform careers education for young people.  

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said:  

“FutureGoals offers fantastic tools, resources and training courses to help young people understand and navigate the current job market, while helping them to plan for their futures.     

It’s an opportunity for all parents and carers to access resources on FutureGoals and to have those important conversations with their children.  It’s all about making sure our young people have the skills they need for the future and help build an inclusive approach to our economic recovery.” 

 Sue Cooke, Chief Executive, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, said: 

“The FutureGoals YouTube content is a really good, bite-sized resource for parents and carers. It will help them guide young people to understand what's changing in the jobs market and what skills and qualifications they need to do well in the future.”  

Providing parents and carers with tools and resources to have important conversations with young people about their future career options will support the region’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring young people have the skills, training and qualifications needed to meet the future needs of the economy. 

This is the latest addition to the package of careers and skills support on offer. Since the first lockdown in Marchthe LEP and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority have 

Targetted the part European Social Fund-funded FutureGoals [re]boot adult retraining programme to graduates, furloughed staff, and those unemployed through COVID-19. The programme offers 24 online courses, giving adults the chance to upskill in the key areas of construction, manufacturing and engineering, and the fast-growing digital and creative sectors. 

Received over 500 individual and 70 business enquiries to the LEP’s Employment Hub by late October. The service, which is also part-funded by the European Social Fund, matches jobseekers to opportunities across the region. More than a third (36%) of business enquiries requested recruitment support and a fifth (19%) support to hire an apprentice. 

For more information on the new resources available, please visit: