Preparing young people for the world of work
11 January 2016
An exciting new programme to inspire and prepare young people for the fast changing world of work is now being rolled out across the county. Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in partnership with Youth Connexions Hertfordshire (HCC) is delivering The Careers & Enterprise Company Programme in Hertfordshire as part of a nationwide project to forge closer relationships between schools/colleges and employers.
The Careers & Enterprise Company was announced in December 2014 by the Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP with £20 million of Government funding, including £5 million from the Investment Fund. Hertfordshire has been allocated a budget of £150k to provide support to around 75 schools/colleges across the county.
The initiative is employer-led, set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work and to help shape this future workforce to meet local needs. A team of Enterprise Co-ordinators will engage with schools/colleges in order to both develop an action plan and to match them with an Enterprise Adviser who will act as a mentor to the school or college.
Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from local employers. Typically they will be in senior leadership roles and will work at a strategic level to help draw up effective employer engagement plans for schools and colleges.They are required to provide support for a minimum of one day per month over 12 months.
Jay Wheeler, director of market research company Red Potato in Hatfield, was one of the first to sign up as an Enterprise Adviser. He said: “This is a great opportunity for Red Potato to inspire local students about the exciting range of career options. As a market research company engagement with the local community is really important to our business. The young people of today are the employees and customers of tomorrow so it is essential for businesses to share their expertise and insight with schools."