Supporting good careers education

The Careers & Enterprise Company programme is underpinned by the belief that young people should be given the best support available to develop their careers and make informed choices about education and employment. 

The programme is delivered locally by Hertfordshire LEP in partnership with YC Hertfordshire. Our goal is to ensure that every young person coming through the education system in Hertfordshire has a clear vision and aspiration of their future career and an understanding of how they will get there. 

Funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company supports our Enterprise Adviser Network and Hertfordshire Careers Hub.

Enterprise Adviser Network

Enterprise Advisers are local business leaders who support schools with their careers programmes on a strategic level. Our Enterprise Adviser Network is made up of 102 volunteers who provide the voice and insight of industry to ensure schools prepare young people for the world of work.

How does it work?

Enterprise Advisers are matched to specific schools. Supported by our team of Enterprise Coordinators, Enterprise Advisers meet with the Careers Leader at their matched school at least three times a year to discuss how the school can develop its careers education programme in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks (the national framework used to assess the quality of a school’s careers education programme) and the skills needs of local employers. Enterprise Advisers also have opportunities meet and share ideas with the wider Enterprise Adviser Network at a variety of events throughout the year. 

We work to support employers of all sizes, and from across all industries, to become proactive in engaging with schools and young people.

Mandy Wilson, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy Accountants, Hertford, said: “In the past, we have struggled to contact schools when trying to promote accounting and tax apprenticeship opportunities within Wilkins Kennedy. With the help of the LEP, we have been able to engage with the right people at a variety of schools, enabling us to build new relationships and recruit a school leaver to join us in September 2020 to train as a Chartered Accountant. This is something we look to do every year as we like to recruit trainees from our local community, and LEP’s help has proved invaluable.”

Get involved – volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser:

We are always keen to hear from businesses looking to join our Enterprise Adviser Network. Whether you wish to support a school on an ad-hoc basis or over a sustained period, we will be able to signpost you accordingly.

To register your interest in becoming an Enterprise Adviser, please email gareth.dace@hertfordshirelep.co.uk to arrange an initial discussion. We have particular need for new Enterprise Advisers in the Broxbourne area and to support some of our Special Schools.

Hertfordshire Careers Hub

The Hertfordshire Careers Hub complements the Enterprise Adviser Network by providing intensive support to two targeted clusters of schools. Within each cluster, it facilitates greater collaboration between Careers Leaders, Enterprise Advisers, and our Cornerstone Employer Group (a group of local businesses that support the hub).

The hub’s first cluster was established in September 2019 and is comprised of 26 schools and colleges across North Herts, Stevenage and Welwyn Hatfield. The second cluster was established in September 2020 for an initial 12 months, and includes 24 schools and colleges in Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers.

Since joining the Hertfordshire Careers Hub, Cluster 1 schools have made excellent progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks – the national framework used to assess the quality of a school’s careers education programme.

Get involved – volunteer to be a Cornerstone Employer:

We invite businesses with existing school engagement programmes to join our Cornerstone Employer Group. You would work with the Careers Hub and your fellow Cornerstone Employers to help fill the gaps identified by our hub schools’ Gatsby Benchmark assessments. We particularly, and urgently, seek employers to support schools in the Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers cluster.

Cornerstone Employers meet three to four times per year and collaborate to provide focused support for hub schools.

Cornerstone Employer Andy Baker, HR Manager at MBDA, Stevenage, said: “Working with schools and young people is essential for us to help inspire and identify our future talent. Our involvement in the Cornerstone Employer Group has allowed us to enhance our existing school engagement programme and has provided us with valuable insight into the needs of our schools and young people.”

To enquire about becoming a Cornerstone Employer, please email Gareth Dace, Careers Hub Lead: gareth.dace@hertfordshirelep.co.uk.