Inspirational businesspeople are being urged to sign up to a scheme to help develop world-class careers advice across the Marches’ schools and colleges.
The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) wants more Enterprise Advisers across the region to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of the education system.
The move is aimed at bridging the gap between education and the workplace, giving youngsters an inspiring insight into the world of work and creating high-quality careers advice and resources. In Shropshire, the LEP is supporting the Shropshire Star’s STEM challenge.(Click here to see a video from the STEM Challenge launch!)
Mandy Thorn, chair of the Marches LEP, said the Enterprise Adviser Network was a key part of ensuring the region had the skills and entrepreneurial passion needed for generations to come.
“The more individuals from our great business community we can get involved working with our schools and colleges as part of the Enterprise Adviser Network, then the more our youngsters will benefit and the better it will be for the long-term health of our economy.
“We want youngsters across the county to be fired up about what the world of work can offer them – and what they can give in return – and by creating a network of top-quality businesspeople working directly with the leadership teams at our schools and colleges we can do just that.
“I would urge anybody with a love of business who wants to give something back to the community and also help develop the brightest possible future for our youngsters to get involved.
“We would particularly encourage our younger entrepreneurs and women in business to get involved to show our youngsters that people just like them are making a real mark in the world of work.”
The Enterprise Adviser Network matches schools and colleges with volunteers to help create powerful, lasting partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and careers programme providers.
Advisers work closely with the headteacher or Senior Leadership Team of a school or college to provide strategic support and use their business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective careers strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.
Advisers are supported by a trained, full-time Enterprise Coordinator and have access to a range of practical resources. They can also benefit from peer support from other volunteers and broaden their network of contacts further.
To get involved and register your interest visit https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/enterprise-adviser-network-register