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BBC resumes huge national school careers tour

Sam Quek will be visiting Liverpool schools, BBC/YouTube

The BBC’s centenary education project, BBC 100 Share Your Story, resumes today in schools across the UK. The project aims to inspire young people to achieve their career goals and help realise their ambitions.

A new survey for BBC Children’s & Education suggests that more than 7 out of 10 (71 per cent) 12-18 year olds would like more advice and support to help them decide on the next steps towards their future career.

The majority of those surveyed felt positive about their future, although 42 per cent believed that the careers support they received from their school or college had reduced since the Coronavirus pandemic. And 38 per cent said they missed out on work experience placements due to the pandemic.

The BBC 100 Share Your Story project aims to inspire young people to achieve their career goals and help realise their ambitions.

More than 2,000 face-to-face storytelling and careers sessions will be delivered in over 700 school visits nationwide across the next 15 weeks. The tour will reach up to 10,000 students each day and over 400,000 teenagers by the end of the BBC’s centenary year.

A total of 35 BBC presenters, 150 BBC staff storytellers, 300 career panellists and 100 BBC stars will take part in the sessions. Of particular regional interest will be the visit of former hockey star and BBC presenter Sam Quek to schools in Liverpool. The Question of Sport team captain attended Birkenhead High School and took sixth form at Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby.

James Stirling, BBC 100 Executive Editor, said: “The BBC 100 Share Your Story school tour will help provide young people with the practical support they’re asking for, as well as inspiring a generation of storytellers during the BBC’s centenary year.”

The BBC has committed double its available apprenticeships as part of its Across the UK plan. A thousand apprentices will be recruited by 2026, with 80 per cent based outside London. Earlier this year, the BBC announced that a new Apprentice Hub will open in Birmingham.

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