The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) has announced the nationwide rollout of a network of Enterprise Advisers - volunteers from the world of work who will work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between education and employment.
CEC is an employer-led organisation that has been set-up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. Its role is to take an umbrella view of the landscape of careers and enterprise, supporting programmes that work, filling gaps in provision and ensuring coverage across the country.
The company is committed to being evidence-based, building on ‘what works’ and taking a pragmatic view of regional variations in the careers, enterprise and employment landscape, adapting its approach as required.
Greater contact with employers
The Enterprise Adviser network is a key initiative, the first in a series to be announced by the company, and is based on research from the Education and Employers Taskforce and other research organisations that shows that greater contact with employers among young people leads to better employment outcomes.
Enterprise Advisers will be volunteers from businesses and the public sector - organisations of all sizes including the self-employed. Working directly with school and college leaders, they will be responsible for helping schools and colleges build employer engagement plans drawing on their own local business networks.
They will be supported by full-time coordinators with simple tools available to lay out the range of programmes available to schools and colleges nationally and locally, for example speakers in schools, CV and skill building and work experience. The Enterprise Adviser network will help ‘join the dots’ at a local level and increase coverage across the country.
Young people need to be inspired
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company comments: “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. It supports learning by doing and experiencing.
“Our role is to shine a light on the many excellent schemes that exist today, fills 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.
“Success for us is that the best schemes are supported and enabled, school and college leaders find it easier to connect to the world of work and young people across the country get access to these opportunities.”
The rollout follows a set of successful pilots over the past year. Every Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the country has expressed interest in this network and CEC is working with the LEPs to initiate a nationwide rollout. 28 areas will launch in September with a second wave starting before Christmas and a third in early 2016.
To engage with the Enterprise Adviser network, Northamptonshire employers are encouraged to contact Kerry Senatore, Education Business Co-ordinator, NEP, on 01604 609535 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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