Your experience matters to help schools and colleges shape futures

August 18, 2022

Businesses are being urged to sign up to a network dedicated to supporting the development of future talent across the Marches.

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and the Marches Careers Hub want to recruit more volunteer enterprise advisers to give schools and colleges across the region a vital insight into the world of work.

Enterprise advisers take on a strategic role, working with staff and governors to bridge the gap between education and the workplace. 

Andriané Usherwood-Brown, Marches LEP Careers Hub lead, said the enterprise adviser scheme helped schools and colleges develop careers programmes to support all their students and highlight the wide range of opportunities available.  

“Despite the current challenges in the world of business, the enterprise adviser scheme has a huge amount to offer and by signing up, employers and their staff can make a real difference to the lives of young people.

“Collaboration and communication between workplaces and education can generate new roles, help fill existing jobs, and highlight new possibilities. Therefore, participating in the scheme could result in benefits for both companies and young people.

“It’s a call out for all the great businesses across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to engage with local schools and colleges, to help shape the workforce of the future.”

Enterprise advisers work closely with the headteacher or senior leadership team of a school or college to provide strategic support and use their business knowledge and networks to help create and implement effective careers education strategies.

The Marches LEP Careers Hub supports its network of enterprise advisers through a team of dedicated enterprise co-ordinators and provides a range of practical resources and opportunities to access careers education best practice. They can also benefit from peer support from other volunteers and widen their own professional networks.

To get involved, please visit and register your interest.

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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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