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I have a voice (IHAV) is delighted to have been selected as an official partner of Young Careers – a Mayor of London backed service designed to help young people in the capital fulfil their potential.

The service, which is being run locally by public services provider Reed in Partnership, aims to strengthen links between business and education to improve careers guidance given in schools, leaving young people inspired and informed around their career opportunities.

IHAV will be working closely with schools in Camden, Islington, Haringey and Hackney to deliver in-depth and impartial careers advice and innovative careers activities.

A recent report from the Careers and Enterprise Council found that 72% of schools say careers guidance is more important than ever due to Covid and 76% of business leaders now say that there is an increased need for employers to support young people trying to enter the workplace.

IHAV’s involvement in Young Careers will ensure that they are fully informed about the types of roles that are available in the policy and public affairs sector, and the routes they need to take to pursue them.

IHAV will be offering young people careers talks, running employability workshops and offering work experience.

Rebecca Deegan, CEO, IHAV said:

“Supporting young people to pursue careers in the world of politics is at the heart of everything we do. We want to see a future where young people, from all backgrounds, pursue careers in the roles that make and inform policy decisions. These decisions affect all of our lives and so it is important the people working in these roles have a diverse range of lived experiences. We’re proud to be part of the Young Career’s network. It is an important initiative to make a whole range of careers more accessible.”

Will Hall, Operations Manager for the Young Careers service at Reed in Partnership, said:

“We are delighted to be working with IHAV on this very important partnership. Their involvement means more young people will benefit from innovative, impartial and informative careers advice in their schools. Young people deserve to have the best possible understanding of all their post-education options to enable them to pursue a career which best suits their skillset and interests. We are looking forward to making I have a voice’s involvement in Young Careers a great success.”

Young Careers is commissioned by the Greater London Authority and co-financed by the European Social Fund.

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