Invited by government to co-ordinate Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise for All’ pilot last October, this new approach to connecting schools with their local business communities has proved extremely successful under NEP’s leadership.
Government originally planned to work with six of the UK’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) on the pilot but it was NEP’s model for the Enterprise Advisers programme that has now been adopted for the nationwide rollout.
The official launch of the UK’s Enterprise Network, organised by The Careers & Enterprise Company, took place at the House of Lords this month – a milestone event for both the programme and Northamptonshire with the county praised for its significant contribution in several of the speaker presentations.
Speakers included Lord Young, Christine Hodgson, Chair of the Careers and Enterprise Company, Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company and Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Childcare and Education.
‘Young people need to be inspired’
Claudia Harris said: “The world of work is changing fast and equipping young people requires ever closer engagement between employment and education. Young people need to be inspired, helped to better understand the relevance of their education and supported in making independent and fact-based decisions about their futures. Direct exposure to employers and the self-employed is key.
“Our role is to shine a light on the many excellent schemes that exist today, fill gaps and improve coverage. The Enterprise Adviser network will allow us to do this, helping schools connect more smoothly to the many excellent employer-engagement schemes that already exist, and increasing engagement where today it is limited.”
Funding secured for second phase
NEP has now secured funding for the 2015-16 phase of the Enterprise Advisers programme and has been invited to be part of the ‘first wave of implementation.’ Expressions of Interest (EOIs) have been invited from all secondary schools not currently involved in the programme with a view to securing an additional eight schools to make a total of 26 with EOIs currently exceeding this target number.
Activity is also underway to recruit additional Enterprise Advisers and Inspirers to meet the additional demand from new schools and to replace those that only committed to the pilot period.
For more information, contact Kerry Senatore, Education Business Co-ordinator, NEP on 01604 609535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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