TODAY (Thursday 15 October), Sam Gyimah MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education, will visit Northampton Academy to see the impact that NEP’s Enterprise Advisers, which links the worlds of education and work, has had on young people in schools locally. He was keen to learn what Northamptonshire has been doing to ‘lead the way’ as the programme rolls out nationally.
The visit follows last month’s official launch of the new Careers and Enterprise Company in the House of Lords, with Northamptonshire praised for its significant contribution to the national programme in several of the speaker presentations, and shown as the video case study for the Enterprise Advisers programme.
Mr Gyimah will arrive at Northampton Academy at 10.30am to talk to a number of the Enterprise Advisers involved in the programme as well as Northampton Academy students who have benefitted. The Minister will be met by Anne Hill, Principal of Northampton Academy and her colleague, Karen Betty, Careers Co-ordinator.
Karen is passionate about her own direct experience of the programme: “This programme has opened our eyes to the wealth of careers opportunities in Northamptonshire and to the generosity of local employers keen to provide their time and promote their industry to eager young employees of the future”.
Northamptonshire pilot invaluable
Government’s new Careers and Enterprise Company is responsible for implementing the Enterprise Advisers programme nationwide. Claudia Harris, CEO, Careers and Enterprise Company, said: “The fast changing world of work requires ever closer connections between employment and education. The Enterprise Advisers network allows us to strengthen these connections, supporting schemes that work and filling gaps in coverage.
“The Northamptonshire pilot has been invaluable in allowing us to develop and refine the model. We are grateful to the students, teachers and employers in Northamptonshire who have invested time and energy into the pilot.”
Karen Kissane, Entrepreneur, will be on hand at Northampton Academy to talk about her experience as an Enterprise Adviser. She said: “It is satisfying to know that my contribution as an Enterprise Adviser will make a difference to Northamptonshire’s next generation workforce.”
Jo Lappin, CEO, NEP, added: “Northamptonshire is responding positively to the challenges that many of our businesses are facing in filling their job vacancies and helping their businesses to grow. NEP and its partners have put in place a programme of activity to link the world of education and the world of work, and the Enterprise Advisers programme is critical to this.
“The lessons learned as one of the five national pilots have provided an excellent foundation to move the programme to the next level. We now have 28 secondary schools signed-up for 2015-16 and a new set of Enterprise Advisers matched to their schools.
“This is a great success story for Northamptonshire and is very much down to our Enterprise Advisers and schools who have been brilliant in making it happen.”
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