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LMC celebrate being recognised as Careers Champions by the Careers and Enterprise Company

Posted: 08.03.2024

Lancaster & Morecambe College are celebrating the news that they have been recognised as Careers Champions by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC).  The announcement was made at the ‘Careers Excellence 2024’ event at the House of Lords earlier this week, where the College was commended for its exceptional work in the Building Future Skills category, by embedding careers learning across its whole curriculum.

‘Careers Excellence 2024’ recognises and celebrates the exceptional work of 10 careers education champions and their collective effort to promote skills and great career outcomes for all young people. LMC’s Principal, Daniel Braithwaite, and Head of Engagement, Victoria Carter, were invited to attend the event which was hosted by the CEC Chair and former Secretary of State for Education, Baroness Nicky Morgan of Cotes.

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Victoria, who is also a qualified Careers Leader, was thrilled with the recognition as she knows how hard the College’s tutors and careers education (CEIAG) advisors work to support their learners throughout their time at LMC

We are so proud of the work our staff teams do to embed careers across our whole curriculum, supporting our learners to progress into sustained employment and onto further training & education. From our School Engagement team and fully qualified CEIAG advisors, to our industry-specialist tutors, careers education is at the heart of what we do and to receive such a prestigious recognition is testament to this.

Prior to receiving their award from Baroness Morgan, Daniel & Victoria spent time chatting with fellow educators and employers about the aspirational careers education work which is being carried out in schools, colleges and workplaces across England, and had the opportunity to listen to an inspiring keynote speech from former Secretary of State for Education & Employment, Baron David Blunkett.

LMC’s Principal, Daniel Braithwaite, was proud to receive the award on behalf of the College.

The event at The House of Lords was a magnificent celebration of the dedicated work of our team at Lancaster & Morecambe College.  Receiving recognition for the pioneering activities that lead to young people and adults being supported to make informed choices about their career pathways in our local area and beyond is amazing.  It was a humbling experience to hear from other award winners across the country about their work and the impact of our collective efforts in providing a step up for those who need it most.  I was extremely proud to collect the award on behalf of our college and the vast array of staff who have contributed to this achievement.

The Careers and Enterprise Company are the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver modern, relevant careers learning to young people. LMC works closely with partner schools, regional employers and the Lancashire Careers Hub to ensure they equip their learners with the skills, knowledge and behaviours that to support them to progress within their chosen sector.

Victoria believes that this collaborative approach is one of the reasons LMC have been recognised as Career Champions.

We are fortunate to have a passionate, experienced and creative team of CEIAG and employer engagement advisors supporting our specialised teaching staff, allowing us to fully embed careers learning across the whole College. Gaining national recognition for something that is part of the College’s DNA is really very special.

The CEC have just published the results of a national careers survey - Careers Education: Now and Next  - which includes input from over 100,000 students and 4,500 educational institutions, examining the career readiness and destinations data of young people across the country.

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