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The Careers & Enterprise Company is an exciting new programme aimed at forging closer ties between schools and employers.

At its heart are local employers who act as Enterprise Advisers to schools/colleges by working with senior leadership teams to:

• help connect the curriculum to future work opportunities;
• provide access to workplaces;
• act as relatable role models to young people.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is being successfully rolled out across the county by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Youth Connexions (Hertfordshire County Council).

Around 50 schools have already signed up to take part with more coming on board each week. Thanks to its popularity The Careers & Enterprise Company is encouraging more employers in the A10/M11 Area including towns such as Broxbourne, Bishop's Stortford, Hertford and surrounding areas to come forward.

To date there are 10 schools in the East Herts area which are waiting to be matched to a local employer.

Typically Enterprise Advisers are senior leadership volunteers from the local business community who can commit to a minimum of eights days over a 12 month period, with Enterprise Co-ordinators providing assistance throughout the process.

Employers which have signed up so far range from large corporates such as Santander and Barclays to social enterprises such as education charity Celtic Harmony, in Hertford, and Hertfordshire Action on Disability (HAD), in Welwyn Garden City.

Adrian Hawkins, sits on the Hertfordshire LEP Board and chairs its Skills and Employment Board. He said: “We are proud to be part of this nationwide initiative to empower young people to succeed in their future careers and tailor skills provision to match enterprise activities in the county. The quality of Enterprise Advisers is key to its success and we are delighted to have already attracted several high-calibre individuals to work with an assigned school/colleges.”

If you think you or someone in your organisation would like to become involved, please contact:
Senior Enterprise Co-ordinator Daniel Gendle
Email: daniel.gendle@hertfordshirelep.co.uk
Mobile: 07464 678767