12 Jul

Search begins for 10 more Enterprise Advisers to help local schools

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Local businesses are being asked to inspire local school pupils and young people to success – by helping them to find the career path that is right for them.

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is working to harness the skills and knowledge of local employers as Enterprise Advisers in local schools and colleges.

In a changing labour market, young people continue to need support and inspiration to help them succeed. Speed of change in work can make it hard for young people to be confident about finding the right future career.

That is why the LLEP is working on an ambitious campaign, alongside the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) to recruit more than 10 new volunteer Enterprise Advisers (EAs).

EAs provide an employer’s perspective on industry and help shape how a school or college embeds labour market information and opportunities into its careers programme.

The programme increases engagement between young people and industry and helps form long-term plans on raising students’ career aspirations.

EAs make a positive difference to young lives and give back to their communities. They help open the eyes of students to the range of career possibilities available to them.

Such real-world business insights are invaluable, and help to shape not just careers education, but entire lives.

The LLEP is looking for business professionals from all working backgrounds and industry sectors to volunteer. EAs are matched with a local secondary school or college’s leadership team and work strategically to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and careers education.

More than 80 local businesses are already working with schools and colleges but the LLEP is committed to every school benefiting from having an EA working with them in 2022.

Jade Lester, Head of Communication and Social Impact at Avove, and Enterprise Adviser for West Gate School, said:

It’s incredibly rewarding being an EA that is supporting a SEND school with its careers strategy, especially when you can see the huge value that the talented students can bring to local employers.

It also ensures that your organisation has up-to-date and inclusive recruitment practices in place, enabling you to attract a diverse range of people.

James Taylor, CEO of Macildowie, and EA for Stephenson Studio School, said:

Working in recruitment, I know what employers want and I have felt for a number of years that education and careers are lagging behind.

With a much greater emphasis on EQ these days I wanted to give students more insight into the world of work.

The gulf between what employers need and what education/careers advice produces is widening.

Don’t just sit and complain that there are no candidates to fill your vacancies – go and make it happen and help the schools and the kids.

Gerarde Manley, Strategic Hub Lead for the LLEP Careers Hub, said:

You’ll help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and senior leaders of the school or college to create a progressive careers strategic plan that will have a profound impact on the future of our young people and your potential future workforce.

It is a great way to give back and for developing your skills whilst getting young people excited about your industry and it’s also a way to raise awareness of your business in the local community.

EAs do not have to have training in education and will be fully supported by the LLEP Careers Hub team.

The LLEP is looking for business people from all backgrounds to become volunteers.

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