Careers and Employability

Careers and Enterprise Company

The mission of the Careers & Enterprise Company is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.

The Careers & Enterprise Company was established in 2015 to help link schools and colleges to employers, in order to increase employer engagement for young people. During our first three years, we have worked with Local Enterprise Partnerships to build a national network which now links 2,000 (over 50%) schools and colleges to employers. We have also funded 150 programmes to provide high quality employer engagement activities to young people where they are most needed. The Government’s Careers Strategy published in December 2017 expanded our role.

Our role is to link schools and colleges to employers and to help them deliver world class careers support for all young people by:

  • Building Networks: Linking schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs.
  • Supporting Careers Leaders: Providing training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges. Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks: Supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding.

The Enterprise Adviser Network pairs senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans. The purpose of the Network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

Founded on the Gatsby benchmarks, the Network’s aim is to improve careers guidance for Birmingham’s secondary school students through increasing the quantity and quality of encounters with employers and careers information.

Enterprise Advisors are recruited and matched with schools by Enterprise Coordinators, who take responsibility for all the schools in the area. Enterprise Coordinators also create a calendar of local events and activities to ensure young people have as many careers encounters as possible. In Birmingham we are leading the way with an innovative approach that is aligned to key growth sectors identified in GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan for the region; sectors where there are – and will be – jobs locally, such as construction, professional and financial services.

CEC already have more than 1,500 Enterprise Advisors in place across the country, and they have provided careers opportunities for over a million young people; it is now time for Birmingham secondary schools to benefit from this new, evidence-backed model.
CEC is not another provider, brokering and delivering links between business and schools. Rather the CEC approach is to join the dots, creating greater coordination of effort such that all students have access to quality careers information and guidance during their secondary education. In this way, the CEC is an umbrella organisation filling in gaps in provision, creating greater consistency across the country.

Relevant Contacts

Mike Pipe: Enterprise Coordinator

Claire Donnelly: Enterprise Coordinator

Ruth Broome: Enterprise Coordinator 

Julie Stirrup: Birmingham Careers Hub Lead 




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