Career Ready and Business in the Community have been awarded £330,000 by the Careers and Enterprise Company to launch a new programme of employer engagement for schools in Thurrock, Southend and Ipswich, it was announced today.
This partnership brings together the two organisations with the strongest support among UK employers, both of whom are cited for best practice in government careers guidance.
The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) was set up by the government in 2014 to provide a framework for employer engagement in all schools in England. Ours is one of 33 bids to share a £5 million investment fund to develop careers and employability programmes in ‘cold spots’ around the country. The Careers & Enterprise Company has secured matched funding which will mean, in total, £9.5 million will be distributed.
Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Ready, said: “This investment is important recognition by the CEC for our programme and for the work that our schools, colleges and employers have been doing for years. We know that regular contact with employers can open a young person’s eyes to the range of careers available and the skills and attitude needed to get started. With this endorsement we continue to shape the developing careers landscape.”
The new programme will be launched in each area with a ‘Let’s Do Business’ event, where local employers and schools find out how they can work together and have the chance to network and swap contacts.
Susie Perrett, Director of Education at Business in the Community, said: “BITC is focussed on ensuring that all young people, regardless of their social background, build successful working lives. Through our partnership with Career Ready this programme will provide mutually beneficial school and employer relationships that are sustainable. These relationships will support young people to have direct access to local and national employers.”
BITC’s ‘Business Class’ programme connects employers with nearly 500 schools in England. Their programmes include the Careers LAB series of ‘masterclasses developed by employers and aimed at students in Key Stages 3 and 4. These sessions will be mapped to the Career Ready Skills for Career Success and shared with all secondary schools in the Career Ready network.
Anne Spackman continued: “Working with Business in the Community, who have a long-standing reputation for excellence and a much larger remit than us, will give us the opportunity to spread our programme to new employers and to entire schools. It means young people in our network will be able to start developing the key skills they need for work, right from the age of 11.”
Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to award Business in the Community and Career Ready with funding to continue their amazing work in partnership. The Careers & Enterprise Company Investment Fund will support nearly 250,000 more young people to access direct encounters with employers that will inspire and inform them about the future. We look forward to working with BITC and Career Ready, and seeing the impact they have on the young people they work with in these areas.”