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From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  
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A Careers Leader holding a careers class with secondary school students

EM3 Careers Hub helping schools to provide high quality careers guidance

Over the summer term, the EM3 Careers Hub have worked hard to encourage schools and colleges to meet guidelines for good careers education called Gatsby Benchmarks; with the team focusing on Gatsby Benchmark 1

Described as a stable careers programme, Benchmark 1 is a robust and high-quality foundation of excellent careers education and guidance.

During this time our Enterprise Coordinators have worked with school and college Careers Leaders to fund projects designed to support students’ careers knowledge and meet this important benchmark.

This has involved more than 50 schools and colleges holding careers fairs, inviting speakers from local business to give talks, attending professional development courses, and purchasing resources - including those particularly aimed at students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In addition, 11 schools have invested in the Pathways Careers, Training and Mentoring programme, which aims to support and develop the knowledge and understanding of all available post-16 options, like apprenticeships and technical education routes, enabling young people to make informed and more confident decisions. 

The Pathway programme also helps schools meet the Provider Access Legislation through interactive talks with key UK and international employers, and provides a range of careers materials.

Suzanne Dixon, EM3 Careers and Skills Manager, said: “We’ve had a busy summer term with a great response from schools and colleges from across the EM3 region, covering north and central Hampshire along with west Surrey.

“We feel that every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers and employers alike, as this will help young people make the best possible decisions about their future education, training and careers, so that they reach their full potential.”

If you are interested in getting involved with our Careers Hubs in Hampshire or Surrey, please email