Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal

The premiere gateway in Hertfordshire to explore career opportunities.

About HOP

In 2018, Hertfordshire LEP recognised the need for students, career explorers and employers to be able to access advice and guidance on jobs, qualifications and apprenticeships via one single portal.

Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP) was launched in 2019, to provide a one-stop-shop for talent within the county.


For students and career explorers

HOP is the premier gateway in Hertfordshire to find out about:

  • Career path options
  • Employment opportunities
  • Apprenticeships and work experience
  • Skills development and professional qualification programmes


For employers and training providers

HOP enables employers to reach and recruit their future talent, and upskill and provide progression opportunities for existing staff. 

It allows training providers to showcase their services and development opportunities, and provides insights to help them tailor their local offer to meet current and future business needs.


For schools

HOP offers a rich bank of Hertfordshire-specific careers resources for use in schools, including:

Labour market infographics setting out key statistics on living and working in Hertfordshire and the ten districts, including major employers.

Virtual Employer Encounter webinar series which has allowed students to interact with employers from a wide range of sectors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

A range of classroom resources based on the Hertfordshire Skills Framework, a research project supported by the University of Hertfordshire, which sets out the key employability skills and attributes sought by Hertfordshire employers from young people.

"HOP is a Hertfordshire success story that is set to take the UK by storm. Digital tools such as HOP play a vital part in the UK’s economic recovery by ensuring we have the skills to meet the needs of our new and changing industries and reduce our carbon footprint by encouraging people to work locally."

Bim Afolami
MP for Hitchin and Harpenden
"As an SME, we always wonder how to get our vacancies seen. That question has now been answered. That there is one place to drive our traffic to from now on makes perfect sense."

June Cory
Managing Director, My Mustard
Got a question?
Caroline Cartwright is Skills, Employment & Apprenticeship Lead.
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