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Win £3,000 for your school or youth group!

Help share the word about HOP and give young people HOPE for the future

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

We know that young people have been hit hard by the pandemic and now more than ever they need to know where to access information to help make decisions about their future career paths, training and skills development options.

To help spread the word about this fantastic free resource, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is offering £3,000 to the school or youth group that registers the most young people, their parents and carers on HOP.

The organisation with the most individual registrations on HOP by 9th July 2021 will be awarded a prize of £3,000 to go towards careers education resources. The prize will be presented in person on the 15th July by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE CStJ.

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Adrian Hawkins OBE, Chair, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills and Employment Board (SAP) and Chair, Stevenage Development Board: “It is vital that young people, their parents and carers know about HOP. This is why we are offering a £3,000 prize to the school or youth group which secures the most registrations. HOP is the vital link between the county’s many superb educational establishments and the support services available. We are delighted HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire is supporting this competition. Where there is HOP, there is HOPE!”

The competition is open to all state secondary schools and youth groups with students or individuals registered on the HOP website ( The judge’s decision is final. The prize must go towards career education resources. Closing date for entries 9th July 2021.

The impact of COVID-19 on young people in Hertfordshire

At the end of last year, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss CBE CStJ brought Hertfordshire’s leaders together to discuss the impact of the pandemic on young people. This was followed up with a series of focus groups to hear from them directly. The findings are summarised in this report which is being sent out to every state secondary school, college and youth group in the county as well as the University of Hertfordshire: read the news article in full and download the report.

This report and its findings aligns with the wider skills action plans set out in Hertfordshire Local Skills Report:

  1. Developing our future workforce (support for young people age 14 – 24)
  2. Priority and growth sectors – investing in skills of the future



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