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Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network 

Research from the Education & Employers Taskforce and other sources shows that young people who have a greater exposure to employers whilst at school, achieve better employment outcomes.

The Berkshire Enterprise Adviser Network, a joint initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the LEP, is formed of local business people who work one-to-one with school and college leaders, helping them to develop effective employer engagement plans, drawing on existing, local business networks.

The LEP has been awarded funding to set up a Careers Hub as part of a national initiative to transform careers education for young people. The overall ambition is to bring together local schools and colleges and work closely with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals, to create a collaborative network where we can share and focus on best practice. To achieve these ambitious aims, we are encouraging key stakeholders to support us in the following ways:

Employers – support and build a relationship with local schools and colleges by helping them shape their careers plan, create relevant resources and facilitate workplace-related activities to inspire and prepare young people for the world of work. Young people need to be able to interact with employers on a regular basis in a structured way, to learn about the career paths that may or may not suit them.

FE/HE/Apprenticeship providers – ensure that young people are aware of the range of routes and pathways post-16, both academic and vocational, and how these routes align to the local labour market. It is also important that they are provided with experiences and role models that help young people to understand the difference between these pathways so that they can better understand which is right for them.

Careers providers – connect with your local Careers Hub to demonstrate how your provision is aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the local labour market. This will allow local schools and colleges to make informed choices about the most appropriate provision, that can also be tailored to the needs of their young people.

Whether you’re a business, school or college and want more information call 01189 450200 or email careersandenterprise@thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk