Careers & Enterprise Company

The Government backed 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.

Together with the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) understands the benefit of increasing the number of opportunities for young people to get to know the world of work, understand what work is, explore their options, provide inspiration and build real confidence about their future. To achieve this, it is our ambition for stronger links between business and education to be developed and that business and enterprise programmes are embedded into schools.

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.

The purpose of the EAN is to support schools in developing an effective careers plan that addresses the Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks and to create opportunities with business contacts in the area for their school or college’s students.

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

Matched to a local school or college by a trained Enterprise Coordinator (EC), volunteer Enterprise Advisers (EAs) from the world of work use their knowledge of the local business landscape and employer skills requirements, to support the headteacher or careers team, by providing strategic input. The full-time Enterprise Coordinator facilitates and supports secondary school senior leadership teams and Enterprise Advisers. 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 career related choices in and out of schools.

The EAN focusses on school’s achievement of 2 of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by:

  • Facilitating the development of effective careers and enterprise strategies for individual schools, with local employer (EA) input;
  • Making it easier for schools to navigate through enterprise-education programmes and opportunities.

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 106 schools are engaged with over 80 Enterprise Advisers, representing a range of sectors.

In addition, the Liverpool City Region has successfully secured funding to be one of 20 pilot areas for a Careers & Enterprise Company Careers Hub which will be delivered alongside the Enterprise Adviser Network.

The Careers Hub will focus on specific schools and their EAs, working with them strategically to achieve all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Working with Universities, other education and training providers, employers and career professionals to ensure the Gatsby Benchmarks are delivered in each school and that careers outcomes are improved for all young people, it will be led by a Careers Hub Lead at the LEP.

Further details about the Careers Hub will be announced from September 2018.

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

Enterprise CoordinatorEmailPhone
Gill Ditchburn
(Senior Enterprise Coordinator) 330 5750
Dave 527 3823
Kate 650 6940
Helen 01744 742085
Kath 600 7753

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