An innovative training event took place on Thursday 14th September at City Hall, Leicester on raising awareness of the variety of opportunities in sectors across the LLEP area, and enhancing education- business links within local schools, colleges and academies.
Part of a wider strategy by the LLEP skills team on enabling schools and colleges to access labour market information, the event was open to teachers, school heads and career leads who engaged in a series of inspiring activities. Mike Durban, LLEP Head of Strategy, opened the event by giving a general labour market update. Anna Cyhan, LLEP Economic Growth and Investment Officer (people), then gave an update about resources that can help young people to explore the labour market.
This was followed by information on the changing careers landscape and the impact of robotics on the future workforce by Helen Smith (Head of Careers) and Dr Laura Justham (Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Automation), from Loughborough University. Dr. Gareth Thomas, MD, Skills and Employment Support Ltd also gave a session on effective employer engagement techniques.
To roundup the event there was an employer led sector update, where seven local employers each took to the stage to give an update on their sector; this was facilitated by Professor Tristram Hooley, Director of Research, at the Careers and Enterprise Company. The variety of employers who took part included Gwyn Stubbing of IDI Gazeleys, Magna Park, Sharon Baines from University Hospitals Leicester NHS, Ian Goodhead from Winvic (working on the Roxhill site), Sonia Norman from Caremark, Mark Colton from Highcross Leicester, Camilla Nash from Santander and Lee Sheldon, representing the National Space Academy.
The LLEP skills team coordinated the event as part of a wider agenda to better link education and local businesses, and also to raise awareness of the labour market resources that schools and colleges tap into.
The Careers and Enterprise Company part sponsored and supported the event. This umbrella organisation supports a range of initiatives, including the Enterprise Adviser network. The LLEP has already recruited over 40 Enterprise Advisers whom are senior level, influential business volunteers who are passionate about connecting young people to the world of work. They are each matched with a schools or colleges from across Leicester and Leicestershire. If you are a business or school who would like to get involved in this programme, please contact: Gerarde Manley Gerarde.Manley@llep.org.uk