A summer networking event for volunteer Enterprise Advisers of the LLEP Careers Hub, held at the National Space Centre in Leicester to celebrate their success and achievements in schools and colleges this academic year.
The Enterprise Advisers were welcomed by Chas Bishop, CEO of the National Space Centre and LLEP Board Member. Setting the tone for the event, Mr Bishop spoke about how businesses can directly help secure positive outcomes for young people. The Space Centre are investing in young people locally by offering education programmes supporting young people into both further and higher education.
Gerarde Manley, Strategic Hub Lead for the LLEP Careers Hub, outlined the projects the Hub has been involved with and gave key updates to summarise the work the team has been doing outside of supporting Careers Leaders in schools and colleges, including: We Discover Project, connecting SEND young people with the world of work and our recruitment of Apprentice Ambassadors, raising awareness of apprenticeship routes.
Enterprise Advisers shared their biggest successes and highlighted what they were most looking forward to for the next academic year. They also had the opportunity to network with each other and shared ideas for how to best support their matched school/college.
The network is a vital space for EAs to share their experience with each other, with the most valuable pieces of advice shared being:
– Engage with the headteacher or senior leadership team of your school to help keep careers education at the forefront of their mind
– Take ownership of the relationship with your careers leader and book in meetings in advance
– Use your network or wider staff to support careers activities at your school/college
Nicola Moss, EA for the Welland Park Academy and Director of Moss Social, summarised her first year as an EA and shared top tips for new EAs starting in the role with the rest of the EAs. She said:
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about my first year as an EA… it was so good to hear about what others are doing with their schools. My head is now buzzing with ideas to talk to my Careers Leader about.”
Dan Lamoon, EA for the South Charnwood High School and CEO of Colab Creations, said:
“Great event and a real positive energy in the room, filled with ideas and actions to support careers education.”
Our network of business volunteers help schools and colleges shape their careers programmes so young people understand the options available to them for their future.
Being an Enterprise Adviser is the perfect way to give back to your local community and inspire your future workforce.
If you are interested in joining our network of over 80 volunteer Enterprise Advisers and understand what it takes for young people to be ready for the world of work, sign up here for our info session on Wednesday 7th September, to find out more.