Through this programme we are creating lasting connections between schools and employers, investing in the skills sets of school students to meet employers’ needs and helping create a skilled workforce for the future. The idea is to match Enterprise Advisers – usually senior figures from the local business community – to schools to help them develop better careers guidance strategies.
The Programme is continuing to grow and we now have 84 schools and 63 businesses signed up. Part of its success to date has been the calibre of Enterprise Advisers coming forward from a range of SMEs and large corporates. Meetings have taken place between the Enterprise Advisers and schools and progress is already being made. Schools are adopting their ‘Development Plan’ – worked out with the guidance given by their Enterprise Adviser – to drive forward their careers strategies.
Successful Enterprise Adviser meetings have been taking place, giving EAs an opportunity to share ideas and best practice. One Enterprise Adviser Network meeting held in September was attended by over 40 EAs while another, held in November, was attended by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Patricia Mabbott, who is highly supportive. This pattern of meetings will continue in the New Year.
Due to the successes of the Programme to date we are expanding the Enterprise Adviser Network, particularly for schools catering for special educational needs. We welcome enquiries from interested organisations. To find out how you can get involved please contact Norman Jennings, Skills & Employment Manager.