£300,000 employability initiative needs business volunteer champions

January 29, 2016 8:46 am

 

D2N2

Business leaders, employers and the self-employed are needed as volunteers to build stronger links between schools and companies, to help young people realise their career potential.

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) icon – a private-sector led partnership promoting economic growth and jobs creation across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – and The Careers & Enterprise Company, the Government-backed body set-up to get UK employers and schools working more closely together, are jointly investing £300,000 in the LEP’s D2N2 Employability Framework and the Enterprise Adviser network.

D2N2’s Employability Framework aims to strengthen links between businesses and schools in its area, to address the mismatch between skills and training taught to young people in schools and post-16 education centres, and those needed by companies to fill the ‘skills gaps’ in their workforces.

One way it is doing this is by working with The Careers & Enterprise Company, to establish an Enterprise Adviser network for the D2N2 area. Up to 80 businesspeople are being sought to act as volunteer Enterprise Advisers. Each will work with a school or college; giving its senior staff an insight into business needs, talking to and motivating students about their future careers, and creating opportunities for other business leaders to get involved.

For its Enterprise Advisers, the D2N2 LEP wants to attract volunteer employers from small and large companies, as well as the self-employed, from a range of commercial sectors. It is particularly interested in people working in D2N2’s eight key sectors of construction, creative and digital, transport and logistics, transport equipment manufacturing, life sciences, the visitor economy (tourism), food and drink manufacturing, and low carbon technologies.

Applicants must have a genuine interest in helping young people develop their careers and also be:

  • Challenging – Supportive and ambitious for their nominated school or college, and the impact of the wider Enterprise Adviser network.
  • Charismatic – Personable and engaging when talking to staff and students.
  • Connected – A good networker with effective links, which they are willing to use to further their work with the school or college.
  • Considered – Can adopt a strategic and analytical approach.
  • Credible – When talking to business or education organisations.
  • Dedicated – Willing to give time and energy to the Enterprise Adviser network.
  • Inspiring – Engaging, energetic and positive.

Enterprise Advisers will work with a nominated school or college and with their Enterprise Co-ordinator, of which there will be seven employed across the D2N2 area. All D2N2 Enterprise Advisors will be Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked.

People interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser can register their interest via an online form on the web page at http://www.d2n2lep.org/skills/d2n2-enterprise-adviser-network or contact Katrina Woodward, D2N2 Commissioning Manager for Skills and Employability, on 0115 957 8753 or email: katrina.woodward@d2n2lep.org email icon

 

 

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