Sarah is Sefton’s Number One!
Sefton Council is delighted to congratulate Sarah Vaughan from Career Connect on winning the Highly Commended Award for National Careers Service Manager of the Year.
Sarah, who leads Sefton Council’s highly successful NEET Prevention and Early Intervention Service, won this prestigious recognition for her work with young people in Sefton at the recent Career Development Institute Awards ceremony.
Part of the Council’s Economic Growth and Housing Department, the service delivers an innovative approach to secure better outcomes for Sefton’s young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). It places a strong focus on those from the Borough’s most vulnerable groups.
Unlike most other Councils, Sefton has introduced working with young people from age 14 up who may be more likely to find themselves without learning or work by the time they reach 16, and this new approach is making a big difference.
In the recent lockdowns, the work of tracking and supporting young people was even more challenging and Sarah’s team moved quickly to design new COVID-safe ways of supporting young people. Sarah led on a scheme to support young apprentices who have been furloughed and also worked with Care leavers and young offenders during this busy time.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said “As a Council we are completely committed to finding ways to support our young people so they can achieve their full potential.
“Within the last two years, Sarah and her team of Careers Advisors, Coaches and Mentors have enabled Sefton to achieve its best-ever performance in helping our young people to stay in learning and jobs and achieve their goals.
“We have improved so much that Sefton is now ranked 4th best out of 151 local authorities across the country. With the difficult times we have all been through recently, this is truly amazing performance. So, we know we have got some great people working with us in Sefton and Sarah’s award has just confirmed it!”.
Sarah was not alone in receiving an accolade, as her team member Rob Jones was also shortlisted as finalist in the Careers Advisor of the Year category.