Plea to help transform careers education for young people

March 17, 2021

The search is on for Herefordshire volunteers to link up with colleges and schools as part of a national project helping prepare young people for the world of work.

A network of Enterprise Advisers has been developed across the region, with volunteers including employees, self-employed and recently retired people, taking on a strategic role within a school or college to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is working with the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Herefordshire Council through its new Careers Hub to change the way young people are helped into career choices.

Eden Ihle-Vance, Marches LEP Careers Hub Lead, said: “We are hugely grateful to a number of employees who are already volunteering as Enterprise Advisers, helping to prepare young people into the world of work.

“We would like to grow this network in Herefordshire and are urging employers and their staff to consider how they can give back to their community by supporting the development of careers programmes on their doorstep.”

The Careers Hub is especially interested in hearing from people working in the Marches region’s key business sectors of food and drink, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, environmental technology, health and social care, business and professional services.

Eden added: “We know young people are one of the groups most affected by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. As the economy starts to recover, it’s really important they know what fantastic opportunities are out there and that they are supported into making informed career choices.”

Advisers 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.

Enterprise Advisers can come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired.

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 or contact Karen Banks, Herefordshire’s local Enterprise Coordinator on:

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: | email:

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: | email:

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact:

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The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact:

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