The Careers and Enterprise Company is a programme which aims to bridge the gap between education and work.
It is underpinned by the belief that young people should be given the best support available to develop their careers and to make informed choices about education and employment. It is creating lasting links between schools and employers and enabling senior figures from the local business community – Enterprise Advisers – to help enhance schools’ careers advice and prepare young people for the future.
Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, in partnership with YC Hertfordshire, is delivering the programme locally. The Careers and Enterprise Company is co-ordinating the delivery of the Government's Careers Strategy to ensure that young people are equipped to make informed career choices.
Role of an Enterprise Adviser
Enterprise Advisers are typically senior figures from the local business community who volunteer to engage with schools.
The Advisers help schools develop tailored careers advice programmes and build a network of valuable local business contacts. This helps prepare young people for future jobs and careers.
Enterprise Advisers benefit in several ways including belonging to a local network committed to resolving skills issues; tailoring the development of future employees; improving the employability and careers-awareness of the local talent pool; and fulfilling commitments to corporate social responsibility.
Schools benefit from improved links with local employers; a dedicated Enterprise Adviser who offers support for a minimum of one day per month over 12 months, support in developing a successful careers advice programme tailored to meet employers’ needs, and increased opportunities for students.
‘Why I got involved’
Lori West, Founder and Managing Director of The Brilliance Trailblazer
"As a leadership coach, I know that business and management skills do not come naturally to most people. I am hired to help people in leadership and management fill in the gaps with their experience and education. Being a mum, I am also passionate about young people and their future, and when the opportunity arose to support schools to create a foundation for greater business success with their students, I jumped at the opportunity. I think the Careers and Enterprise Company is a fantastic initiative, and I know through direct experience that with the right guidance, anyone can find success and fulfilment in their working life."
Jay Wheeler, Director of Red Potato, a market research company in Hatfield
“This is a great opportunity for Red Potato to inspire local students about the exciting range of career options. As a market research company engagement with the local community is really important to our business. The young people of today are the employees and customers of tomorrow so it is essential for businesses to share their expertise and insight with schools."
Norman Housden, Managing Director of Opti-Matrix, independent consultants in Stevenage
“When talking to business colleagues I constantly hear that they cannot recruit suitably educated young people into their companies. However my teacher friends are concerned that their pupils, even when achieving good grades, cannot find suitable employment. I am hoping that supporting this scheme as an Enterprise Adviser will enable me to bring a better joint understanding of the requirements, needs and aspirations at all levels."
A positive impact on schools
Vicky Langston, Co-ordinator of Work Related Learning, Bishop's Hatfield school
"We now have a strong and developing partnership with a large local employer; a formal arrangement that we did not have before the project. The potential for future initiatives is high and I am sure this is something we will continue to work on together. This partnership means that as a school we can focus on the skills and qualities students need to have beyond their academic qualifications."
Nicola Jackson, Curriculum Lead Teacher of Humanities and Arts, Heathlands School
"The impact our Enterprise Adviser has had on me and the students at Heathlands has been significant. The range of contacts she has is proving invaluable to us as we try and give students an insight into different careers and jobs they might be interested in."
If you would like to find out more about how to get involved or how The Careers and Enterprise Company can help your school, please get in touch with our Senior Enterprise Co-ordinator Gareth Dace.