03 Nov 2017 | Category: The Enterprise Adviser Network

Successful Speed Networking event sees over 300 students inspired by local businesses

Over 300 pupils in Leicester and Leicestershire had the opportunity to network with hundreds of employers at an exciting and very different type of careers event, which took place at Leicester Racecourse today (Friday 3rd November).

The students aged between 13 and 18, took part in the region’s largest ever Careers Speed Networking Event organised by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of the Leicester Business Festival.

Twenty schools / colleges, who are part of the LLEP’s Enterprise Adviser Network, each sent pupils to the event. The morning session saw students ‘speed network’ under timed conditions with employers from a whole host of different businesses and public sector organisations such as Mattioli Woods, East Midlands Airport, Highcross Leicester, HORIBA MIRA, Pick Everard, BT , NHS, Santander and Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Pupils spoke to different employers in bursts of six minutes. In that time they asked employers about their job roles, organisations and the steps to employment.

Nick Pulley, Chair of the LLEP said, “We believe there needs to be more engagement between schools and businesses and our work with the Careers and Enterprise Company will help to improve this over the next few years. School pupils don’t often get the chance to speak to ‘real employers’ and ask the questions directly, so this event provided the perfect forum for them to find out all sorts of interesting things about business and what they need to do to get on that first rung of their career ladder.”

“Over 300 young people all talking at the same time ran surprisingly smoothly and each student had the opportunity to speak to several different employers. It was an incredible sight and fantastic atmosphere!”

This year’s event was sponsored by leading wealth management and employee benefits specialists Mattioli Woods, founded in Leicester and now with offices across the UK.

 Its Chief Operating Officer Mark Smith said, “Right from its inception, Mattioli Woods has placed great importance on engaging with young people to help them explore career opportunities.

“To that end, we have developed our own highly successful graduate and apprentice recruitment programmes which have seen many local youngsters go on to discover great opportunities with us”.

“This inspiring event mirrored all our own beliefs in businesses engaging with potential future employees within the local community”.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer at The Careers & Enterprise Company said, “It has been a privilege to take part in this motivating event, I have been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm of everyone involved. The Careers & Enterprise Company was set up to bridge the gap between employers and schools and colleges helping students experience the workplace and understand the opportunities open to them.”

“Research shows that those students who have four or more workplace encounters are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training. Events such as today’s play a vital part in helping young people make the transition from education to the world of work and we are grateful to all the organisations taking part.”

 The LLEP is looking for Enterprise Advisers to help support local schools and increase engagement with local businesses. To find out more about volunteering to become an Enterprise Adviser, contact Saahera Mahomed, Enterprise Coordinator: saahera.mahomed@llep.org.uk or click here. 

For more information, please contact: admin@llep.org.uk

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