The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) is a national programme which has been launched by government to prepare and inspire young people for the world of work. The programme aims to provide mentoring opportunities in Essex and develop vital links between businesses and schools.
As stated by Lord Young, “young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers are significantly less likely to become NEET than their peers who had no such workplace exposure.” The Careers and Enterprises Network has helped to inspire thousands of young people throughout the country and it is currently active in 36 out of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships.
The Greater Essex Enterprise Advisor Network
Through our Education and Industry STEM programme, we have been able to create an array of opportunities for young people to learn about the multitude of careers when they leave school. The Greater Essex Enterprise Advisor Network will create further opportunities for young people to gain access to local businesses and learn from role models who are senior directors and leaders.
We have our seven priority sectors (Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, Care, Construction, Finance and Insurance, Health, IT, Digital and Creative, and Logistics) which have been selected as focus areas for the Enterprise based upon the information provided in our Evidence Base which highlights both the growth of these sectors and the skills challenges they are facing. We are working closely with Southend and Thurrock unitary authorities to deliver the Careers Enterprise Network programme.
How does the Network work?
There are six Enterprise Coordinators who are going to be working with all secondary schools throughout Greater Essex, including Southend and Thurrock. The Enterprise Coordinators will support Enterprise Advisors who are leaders from businesses in Essex.
The Enterprise Advisors are volunteers from industry and they will work strategically with the senior leadership team of a school for eight hours a month and help sharpen the school’s careers strategy and enhance employer engagement.
The Enterprise Advisors will have a toolkit to present to the school. The toolkit will have a list of local training providers in Essex which a school could use to support their careers advice to students. The Enterprise Advisors will also have contacts in other businesses which they will be able to introduce to a school, and help a school enhance their employer engagement plan.