Press Release: Business leaders meet to discuss future workplace skills of Leicestershire pupils

Press Release   •   Feb 27, 2017 14:01 GMT



Business leaders meet to discuss future workplace skills of Leicestershire pupils

Over 20 senior business leaders have come together to discuss how to inspire and prepare young people from the city and county for the world of work.

The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN), which links business mentors with local schools, held its networking meeting of volunteers who are currently part of the programme.

The event, which took place at Curve Theatre, included a workshop to help prioritise support and concluded with a chance for advisers to network and share best practice.

Since the EAN officially launched in May, a total of 32 schools and colleges and 30 senior business leaders have been recruited included companies such as BT Group, East Midlands Airport, Mattioli Woods, NHS, Winbro Group Technologies, Geosynthetics, and Leicester Racecourse. It aims to grow the network to cover 60 schools and colleges by August 2017.

The EAN initiative is run by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company.

Marion Plant, Principal and CEO of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College and LLEP skills board lead, said: “We are delighted to have held this event which gave us a chance to take stock of what has been achieved so far.

“Enterprise Advisers will play an important role in the LLEPs objective to develop a flexible and skilled workforce for the future.

“There is a clear demand for this support from both the schools and business community and EAN is driven to ensure our young people are fully equipped with the skills and experience they need to succeed after leaving education.”

The EAN initiative is aimed at building stronger guidance-based relationships between businesses and schools so that pupils are equipped with the knowledge to effectively develop their workplace skills.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work who work directly with school leaders to build careers and enterprise and employer engagement plans drawing on their experience and local business networks.

If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser or would like more information on how the LLEP can support your school or business, please email ean@llep.org.uk

For further information, go to www.llep.org.uk/eanleics


About the LLEP

The LLEP is a strategic body established to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy. The LLEP works with partners and Government to set out key investment priorities for Leicester & Leicestershire. It also invests funding and aligns partner resources and through its investments and it influences and drives activities that ensure positive outcomes for the local economy.

To find out more, visit www.llep.org.uk