STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO ENTERPRISE ADVISER NETWORK

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22nd June 2016

STILL TIME TO SIGN UP TO ENTERPRISE ADVISER NETWORK

A new project, designed to encourage greater links between schools and local businesses, has recruited 24 volunteer business mentors across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

The Enterprise Adviser Service matches volunteers from businesses with schools, to share their knowledge and to improve the careers advice and guidance available to young people.

Although the official closing date has now passed, businesses are still being encouraged to get in touch, as the ultimate aim is roll out the project to all schools as additional funding becomes available. Initially the project, which was launched in March 2016, will run in 36 schools across the Heart of the South West area.

The campaign launched last month has successfully recruited business mentors across most of the areas, although work to recruit businesses in Somerset is continuing. Work is now taking place to match the newly appointed advisers with individual schools, ready for work to begin in September.

Commissioned by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP), in conjunction with the four upper tier local authorities, the Enterprise Adviser Service encourages employers and schools to work together to support young people in making informed choices about their future careers.

Schools will be matched with a volunteer employer for at least one year, to share their knowledge and to improve the careers advice and guidance available to young people. The volunteer experts will help the school identify new ideas and a bespoke action plan will be put into place.

Stephen Criddle, Chair of the Enterprise Adviser Steering Group, Principal of South Devon College and HotSW LEP Board Member said: “We’ve had a fantastic start to the programme by recruiting 24 business advisers to date and signing up 36 schools across the area. Research has shown that young people who have contact with employers whilst at school and it is encouraging to see so many businesses keen to take part.”

Steve Hindley, Chair of the Heart of the South West LEP, said: “The Enterprise Adviser Service is an important project that will help young people make informed choices about their careers and qualifications.

“I would like to say thank you to all the leading business experts who have signed up to the service so far and I hope that more employers are willing to volunteer some of their time to help deliver this important new service.”

CSW Group is contracted to provide the service, which is being funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Development Agency.

To find out more and to apply, please visit www.heartofswlep.co.uk/easapply

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For media enquiries about the Enterprise Adviser Scheme, please contact Emma Parker Reynolds at Coast emma@coastmarcoms.co.uk / 07944 360631 or the Coast main office on 01579 352600.

For all other media enquiries about the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, please contact Communications Manager, Helena Davison 07525 806333 helena.davison@heartofswlep.co.uk

About the Careers and Enterprise Service

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s (HotSW LEP) Enterprise Adviser Service is designed to encourage links between schools and business. The aim is to encourage businesses to work together with schools to support young people in making choices about their future career.

Initially the project will run in 36 schools across the Heart of the South area, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

CSW Group is contracted to provide the service, which is being funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Development Agency.

To find out more, please visit www.heartofswlep.co.uk/ean

About HotSW LEP

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) is a strong and dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and further education colleges across Somerset, Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. HotSW LEP’s purpose is to lead and influence economic growth, job creation and prosperity across the Heart of the South West. More information is available at www.heartofswlep.co.uk

About the CSW Group

CSW Group are transition management specialists. We offer information, guidance and support to people and organisations as they move through different stages of their lives. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise; we reinvest any operating surpluses into new products and services, organisational development, and community based projects across the country.

Over 20 years we’ve uncovered learning and work opportunities for hundreds of people. Motivated by the belief that support means more than just a shoulder to lean on; our 200-strong team gives every individual their unfaltering attention.

Owned collectively by Cornwall, Devon County, Plymouth City and Torbay councils, we also build connections with a wealth of organisations bringing our joined-up services to communities across the South West. Acting as a not-for-profit social enterprise with an independent board of directors, anything we make, we reinvest back into communities across the South West. www.cswgroup.co.uk

About The Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers & Enterprise Company is a government backed organisation launched to ‘join the dots’ in careers and enterprise provision across England. Its work is focused on research by Sir John Holman showing that for young people to have the best chance of successfully entering work, they should leave education having had:

Encounters with employers, workplaces and higher and further education to inspire them about their futureInformation to understand their optionsSupport to plan for a fulfilling and successful career.

The Company partnered with LEPs to create the Enterprise Adviser network and connect senior business volunteers with schools and colleges. The network will allocate every school in England its own Enterprise Adviser who will galvanise local careers and enterprise programmes and employers, making it simpler for businesses to engage with schools. They in turn are supported by Enterprise Coordinators who work with clusters of 20 schools to help them access the best local employers and programmes such as inspirational speakers and CV workshops. For further information: www.careersandenterprise.co.uk

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About Us

The Heart of the South West is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are new strategic partnership organisations formed under the leadership of the private sector and supported by the local authorities to create a powerful economic alliance. The Heart of the South West has already attracted more than £100 million of Government funding to kick start the areas' economy, to create new jobs, boost productivity and to improve earnings.

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