£3,000 prize up for grabs for schools and youth groups who sign up to the Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal is the gateway for connecting young people to future employment, apprenticeship and training

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:48 pm

A £3,000 prize is up for grabs for schools and youth groups to help spread the word about a free resource that connects young people to opportunities for their future.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal, powered by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is the county’s premier gateway connecting young people to future employment, apprenticeship and training opportunities.

To help spread the word about this free resource, Hertfordshire LEP is offering £3,000 to the school or youth group that registers the most young people, their parents and carers on HOP by Friday, July 9. You can enter the competition online.

HOP competition provides hope for the future in Hertfordshire

The prize will be presented in person by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE CStJ on either Thursday, July 15, or Friday, July 16.

A new report commissioned by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire gives a snapshot into the hearts and minds of young people during the pandemic and provides hope for the future.

A series of focus groups was set up by the Lieutenancy earlier this year to hear directly from young people about the impact of Covid-19 on their studies, mental health and future aspirations.

Their responses are captured in a report by Deputy Lieutenants Jo Connell and Marion Brown which demonstrates the impact Covid-19 has had on all aspects of their lives.

It highlights that now more than ever young people need to know where to access information to help make decisions about their future career paths, training and skills development options.

Robert Voss CBE CStJ, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, said: “By listening to the voice of youth and working together we can find out how best to support and empower them to go on to lead fulfilling, productive lives in the future.

“The findings will also be taken forward by the Chambers of Commerce and other business representative organisations, with a view to strengthening links between local businesses and schools, colleges and the university to ensure the messaging and signposting around opportunities for young people in Hertfordshire is consistent and proactively communicated.”

Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills and Employment Board and Chair, Stevenage Development Board, said: “This report gives us a snapshot into the very real hopes and fears of this generation and presents a fantastic opportunity to signpost young people to available sources of advice and support.

"That is why we are running this competition to raise awareness of this skills portal. I would like to thank the Lord-Lieutenant for his ongoing support. Where there is HOP, there is HOPE!”