A unique event to raise awareness of careers support available to schools was held on Wednesday 29th March in Leicester.
Over 80 representatives from local schools and colleges came to City Hall to listen to 16 education providers each give a one minute ‘elevator pitch’ on why schools should access their support.
The event was the first of its kind in the UK. Providers including Founders4Schools, TwentyTwenty and Leicester Apprenticeship Hub spoke about the types of services they could offer – such as employability workshops, student mentoring and apprenticeship support.
Professor Tristram Hooley, Director of Research at the Careers and Enterprise Company, spoke at the event about what really ‘works’ in careers and enterprise education. He said, “We know that young people need to have at least four encounters with employers by the time that they leave school. However, currently only 42% of schools are providing this opportunity.
This event is critical because it brings together schools and employers to think about how they can improve young people’s access to good career and enterprise education.”
Marion Plant, Principal and CEO of North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and LLEP board lead for skills, said: “We are delighted to have held this event which gives schools and colleges a real opportunity to network with local business leaders and education providers.
“It’s essential we really understand what has the greatest impact on young people and ensure they are fully equipped with the skills and experience they need to succeed after leaving education. The Enterprise Adviser Network will play an important role in the LLEP’s objective to develop a flexible and skilled workforce for the future. “
The EAN initiative – run by the LLEP in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company aims to build stronger guidance-based relationships between businesses and schools so that pupils can develop their workplace skills.
Since the EAN launched in May, a total of 35 schools and colleges and 35 senior business leaders have been recruited included companies such as BT Group, East Midlands Airport, Mattioli Woods, NHS, Winbro Group Technologies, Aggregate Industries and Leicester Racecourse. The ambition is to grow the network to cover 60 schools and colleges by August 2017.