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New Hertfordshire-wide skills portal HOP launches to market

19th Dec 2019 Skills Support for the Workforce

New Hertfordshire-wide skills portal HOP launches to market

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal, HOP, has launched to market enabling students, employers and residents to HOP into all the resources they need to make informed career decisions and build a future talent pipeline.

Funded by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, HOP will be the premier gateway in Hertfordshire to find out about career path options, apprenticeships and work experience, skills development and professional qualification programmes.

The portal was launched at the Building Your Future Talent event, hosted by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Ambassador Network at Brocket Hall, Welwyn, on 28th November.

More than 100 employers and training providers attended the event which was aimed at informing employers about apprenticeships, work experience and T Levels.

Hertfordshire LEP used this opportunity to showcase the new portal.  HOP will enable:

  • Residents to access the information they need to make informed decisions on career path options including Further Education, Higher Education, professional qualifications, work experience and job opportunities;
  • Employers to reach and recruit their future talent and upskill and provide progression opportunities for existing staff;
  • Training providers to tailor the local offer in order to meet current and future business needs.

Adrian Hawkins, Deputy Chair of Hertfordshire LEP and Chair of Hertfordshire LEP’s Skills and Employment Board, said:

“This is a proud moment for the LEP, Hertfordshire and me, personally. I have long advocated for a skills and training portal that acts as a one-stop shop for employers, training providers, students and residents wishing to re-train or upskill. The launch is just the start of what will be a very exciting journey in the months and years to come and will help to ensure that Hertfordshire’s workforce is fit for the future.”

Caroline Cartwright, Skills Employment and Apprenticeships Lead at Hertfordshire LEP, said:  

“I am absolutely delighted we have launched  HOP. This has been the result of months of hard work, determination and passion to help us deliver our vision for HOP to become the go-to portal for skills training and apprenticeships information and for it to become a beacon of excellence across the country. “

"HOP has arrived and will, I am sure, have a very positive impact on the skills and development landscape for years to come. I urge everyone interested in education, training and apprenticeships to HOP in and start exploring!”

HOP in!

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