The Careers and Enterprise Company formally launched a new network of enterprise advisers at a reception in the House of Lords last Wednesday, 16th September.
This network of volunteers will be overseen by an Enterprise Co-ordinator in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area who will be employed by the LEP. The intention is to have one Enterprise Coordinator for every 20 schools and colleges.
Enterprise advisers will contact school and college leaders to broker education-business links focusing on those institutions with limited provision. Volunteers will come from businesses and the public sector, from organisations of all sizes and will include the self-employed. It is likely that many will be semi-retired or retired with a wealth of experience of the world of work and time to foster links. This initiative is strongly reminiscent of a similar development in the 1990s to plug the gap left by the withdrawal of funding for the support of the School Curriculum Industry Partnership. Ironically, this latest initiative is to repair the damage caused when the last government terminated the £25m annual funding to education-business partnerships.
A key task for the new company is to ensure synergy between its own activities and the National Careers Service contractors who are also charged to broker education-business links. The same applies to its relationship with the 84 education-business partnerships which continue to promote education-business links in many areas across the country.
Read the press release here