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Enhancing Skills

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The Careers & Enterprise Company has been established to help young people unlock their best possible futures. The Company researches and invests in activity that helps bridge the gap between education and enterprise.

The LEP, alongside 37 other LEPs around the country, is developing an Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN), part funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company. The EAN is a national network that connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers to work together to create meaningful encounters with the world of work for young people. The purpose of the EAN is

  • to support development of effective careers and enterprise strategies for individual schools;
  • to make it easier for schools to navigate through enterprise-education programmes and opportunities.

In Liverpool City Region, the project operates in partnership with 5 organisations each delivering the Enterprise Coordinator role that was developed through pilot projects.

Enterprise Coordinators bring together secondary Headteachers and their senior leadership teams with an Enterprise Adviser. Enterprise Advisers are volunteers, drawn from business and other employers, to work directly with the senior leadership team to support more effective connection to the world of work and develop, shape or add value to the school’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy.

The full-time Enterprise Coordinator facilitates and supports the senior leadership team and Enterprise Adviser. They share regional sector skills requirements, Labour Market Information and details of delivery programmes that could meet the strategic objectives agreed for the school.

With support from the Enterprise Adviser Network, Enterprise Advisers can build long-lasting relationships with schools, supporting development of motivated young people, helping them to make more informed choices in and out of schools.

Enterprise Coordinators from the following organisations deliver the project in the Liverpool City Region area on behalf of the LEP.

  • All About STEM
  • Career Connect
  • Sefton Education Business Partnership (EBP)
  • St Helens Chamber
  • Wirral Chamber

Each Coordinator is responsible for a number of schools and Enterprise Advisers, providing the tools they need to assist them to success. They share learning locally, regionally and nationally and provide the Careers & Enterprise Company with examples of best practice.
In the City Region 100 schools are currently engaged with over 70 Enterprise Advisers.

For more information or to get involved with the Enterprise Advisor Network, please contact:

Enterprise CoordinatorEmailPhonePrimary boroughs
Dave Armsondave@allaboutstem.co.uk0151 527 3823
Kate Eugenike@wirralchamber.co.uk0151 650 6940
Helen MilesHelen.Miles@sthelenschamber.com 01744 742085Halton & St Helens
Gill Ditchburn Senior Enterprise Coordinatorgilld@seftonbp.co.uk0151 330 5750 Knowsley & Sefton
Kath Wykekath.wyke@careerconnect.org.uk0151 600 7753

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The Employment and Skills Board is the lead strategic voice on skills across the City Region and acts on behalf of the LEP and Combined Authority to provide strategic leadership on employment and skills in the City Region. It is comprised of business members (reflecting the LEP’s key economic growth sectors), the Employment and Skills Portfolio Holder in each local authority area and representatives from key UK Government agencies/ stakeholders responsible for employment and skills activities locally.


Employment & Skills Board

Our Employment and Skills Board, supported by the City Region’s Employment and Skills team, brings together local employers and civic leaders with colleges, universities and employment and skills providers to focus on meeting the City Region’s employment and skills challenges.

Cllr Marion Atkinson

Sefton Council

Jette Burford

Merseyside Colleges' Association (non-voting advisory member)

Lynn Collins

Trades Union Congress (non-voting advisory member)

Cllr Phil Davies

Wirral Council

Cllr John Fulham

St Helens MBC

Paul Gaunt

Universities (non-voting advisory member)

Cllr Eddie Jones

Halton MBC

Bernard Molloy

Unipart Logistics representing SuperPort Board

Cllr Michael Murphy

Knowsley Council

Stephen Roberts

Crowne Plaza, Liverpool representing Visitor Economy Board

Nick Small

Liverpool City Council

Anne-Marie Stretch


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