A Generation event is a careers fair for Hertfordshire Careers Hub schools led by Hertfordshire LEP’s skills portal HOP in partnership with key stakeholders from a local area.


This model allows for multiple schools to attend, making it easier to attract a wider range of employers and engage with more stakeholders.

We have held 14 Generation events across the county since 2020, attracting over 9,750 young people and parents. (as of June 2024).


“From Generation Stevenage, Generation Watford and Generation Hitchin, it would be great to see every local authority work with us to stage these events. Up and down the county, young people are being connected to future job opportunities in their local area thanks to the LEP’s skills portal HOP. Employers too can meet their sustainability targets by recruiting from a local talent pool, so it’s truly a win-win model.” Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Hertfordshire LEP Skills Advisory Panel

If you would like to host a Generation event in your area, we would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at [email protected].



“Our school has a real mix of students from different backgrounds but attending today enables us to provide those students most in need of support and inspiration about their future career with the opportunity to meet with local employers and open their eyes to the range of options available to them.” Gita Patel, Careers Leader from Longdean School, commenting on Generation Dacorum 2022


"A brilliant example of a town that has its act together, connecting young people to key sector industries."Gillian Keegan MP, commenting on Generation Stevenage 2020


Coming to an event where there are people talking about how we get information, how we get more young people involved, is absolutely spot on for awareness raising of the alternatives that are out there.Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Skills) Alex Burghart, on Generation Hitchin 2021


“Generation Watford, and other events like this, send a very clear message to our young people that they are part of their town’s exciting future…It was great to see young people connecting with key industry leaders and encouraging future talent to thrive.”Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, commenting on Generation Watford 2021


“We’re working towards our Michelin Green Star this year which will be fun. We’re taking everyone on that journey with us and hoping for some young individuals from the community who can do it with us, too.”Dean Culpan, General Manager of Birch Community, commenting on Generation Broxbourne 2022


“It’s been absolutely fantastic, we’ve had some really engaged students and I think we've broadened their minds to the wonderful careers at Tesco, from HR to marketing, to technical and finance.”Samantha Sullivan, Pre-employability & Work Placement Manager at Tesco, commenting on Generation Broxbourne 2022


“It makes all the activities we have planned for Year 11 more purposeful as we can reflect back. Many of our pupils haven't had the opportunity to meet any employers as yet and it gives them the confidence to take part in other planned activities.”Careers Leader, commenting on Generation Broxbourne


“If your child is indecisive or is not clear what they want to do/study after their GCSEs this event could help them.”Parent, commenting on Generation Broxbourne 2022


 “It’s helpful to speak to people in industry to find out the best route into a career.” Parent, commenting on Generation Broxbourne 2022