Thursday, August 11, 2016

News: Swift take up of enterprise advisor roles in Rotherham

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The Enterprise Adviser Network in the Sheffield city region now has over 50 confirmed matches, more than half way to the regional goal, with Rotherham leading the way.

The national Enterprise Advisers programme, sees volunteers from the world of work and business team up with schools to increase the quality and quantity of careers and enterprise learning for young people.

After being one of five pilot areas that helped to develop the scheme last year, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) wants to match a volunteer Enterprise Adviser from the business and public sector with every secondary and special school and college in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

New Enterprise Adviser Ian Goodall is keen to get creative about helping the school he has been matched with to engage with more business and employers. Ian, who runs creative and digital recruitment agency Aardvark Swift in Rotherham, has joined the Enterprise Adviser Network and has been matched with St Bernard's Catholic High School in the borough.

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Ian recently met with Kevin Wright, the school's careers, enterprise and PSHE lead, and is looking forward to working together to create more links between the school and the world of work and business.

Ian (pictured, right) said: "As well as the links I have personally with creative and digital businesses, and the connections being made across Sheffield's growth sector areas through this new network of Enterprise Advisers, I'm keen to work with the school to be more creative with the resources it already has at its finger tips. For example, parents and alumni will work across a range of sectors and have brilliant and interesting experiences they can share – sometimes it is just about asking!"

Kevin (pictured, left) added: "We know it's important for our students to meet more people from the world of work and business who can help them make informed choices about their next step in education, and to be excited about the range of opportunities in the world of work. We look forward to working with Ian to build more links."

Enterprise Advisers will help schools and colleges to prepare young people for future jobs and careers, develop a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement and link them to local business contacts and networks.

Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, has stressed the importance of employability skills and how these skills are an opportunity for economic growth, further reinforcing the importance of the programme for the economic growth of the region as a whole. He said: "This programme is vitally important and personally dear to my heart, the number one thing businesses ask is what are we doing around employability and this programme is one part of the work we are doing. It's about young people and making sure they get the best employability education they can."

SCR Enterprise Adviser Network website

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