Launch of New Enterprise Adviser Venture to Inspire and Prepare …
Launch of the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network. Students from Thomas Gainsborough School and Thetford Academy with Mary Tyler, Mark Pendlington and Jan Pinkerton. A new programme which aims to link local senior business people with Headteachers and Principals was launched at Thetford Academy today (Monday 1st February 2016). The event was attended by more than 60 Head teachers, Principals, Assistant Heads & Vice Principals, students, Local Authority Staff and senior business leaders.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme being delivered locally that connects local business leaders with senior leaders in local secondary schools, academies, colleges, helping to motivate and inspire young peoples career aspirations, to make a major impact on their work prospects. Enterprise Advisers will be volunteer leaders from the Suffolk and Norfolk business community. Their role will be to provide strategic consultancy and advice to schools and colleges to improve employer engagement and careers guidance provision and thereby help bridge the gap between education and business, raise young peoples aspirations and enhance enterprise and employability skills.
Fiona McDiarmid, Assistant Director for Economic Development at Norfolk County Council and member of the New Anglia LEP Skills Board said All the businesses I speak to are keen to get involved with schools and every school is keen to work with businesses, but neither know how to make it happen! This exciting new programme aims to bridge the gap, linking schools and businesses together strategically to enable our young people to develop a better understanding of the world of work, improve their employability skills and have the mind-set to aspire and succeed in life . Suffolk County Councillor Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children s Services, Education and Skills said: We do need to increase the interaction between the education and the business community, making sure Suffolk school children have the skill set required to find work and prove themselves valuable assets to commercial companies.
Mark Pendlington, chairman of New Anglia LEP, who spoke at the launch event, said: If we want to compete and win on a world stage we need to deliver a higher skilled workforce for our growing economy and for the all the thousands of outstanding companies, innovators and entrepreneurs that are already based here and for the many more we want to attract. We can help do that by placing business leaders at the heart of the education system, to inspire young minds when they are seeking out their future paths and looking to match their talents and aspirations with a high value and rewarding career. Speakers at the launch event also included Mary Tyler, Programme Director, The Careers and Enterprise Company, business leaders Richard Bridgman, Warren Services and Clive Edmonds of Scienta Consulting and students from the Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk and the Thetford Academy, Norfolk, who are learning about careers and enterprise through a range of activities.
The network has been created with support from the national Careers and Enterprise Company and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, working through its partners in Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, delivering this national programme in the East.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is supported by five Enterprise Coordinators who will provide business leaders, schools and colleges with a professional service which includes high quality training, matching Enterprise Advisers to schools and colleges and extensive, ongoing support.