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The Black Country Careers Enterprise Advisers celebrate another year of success

In October 2018, the Careers Enterprise Team at the Black Country LEP hosted an Anniversary Celebration event at the Black Country Living Museum.

The event showcased the successes of the 79 Enterprise Advisers who over the last 12 months have worked with 90 schools/colleges and partners in The Careers & Enterprise Company programme across the Black Country.

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Schools case study 

Ormiston Shelfield Academy

Background

The Academy is part of the Ormiston Group of Academies, which has approximately 250 pupils in each year group and a large sixth form. Anthea Marris is the Enterprise Adviser and the school has been working with the Black Country Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) programme for over 2 years.

The school has strong links to business but were keen to ensure that all of their students received meaningful encounters with the world of work, in each year group (historically the encounters were planned for year 9 upwards with little happening lower down the school).

The school wanted to try new and innovative ways of engaging with the world of work, which is what prompted them to get involved in the EAN programme. 


Impact on school

The careers programme has been developed to ensure that all students from year 7 onwards receive memorable encounters with the world of work. A variety of employers now regularly come into the school to engage in activities, assemblies and lessons.

The school ensure that in year 7, students engage in a Stereotypes Day which introduces them to the world of work.


Importance of linking schools with business

Local companies can contribute to the information students receive about the world of work and make it relevant.

Employers can talk about current working practise; their particular sector and the skills young people need to work in their industry.

Local employers can inspire young people to do well at school and motivate them in a way that teachers and parents cannot.


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Enterprise Adviser case study 

Mr Steve Smith

Steve Smith is a Black Country Enterprise Adviser (EA), representing V Installations Mechanical Handling Ltd. The company specialises in mechanical handling and are conveyorization experts mainly for the automotive industry.

Steve first heard about the Enterprise Adviser Network through another EA. He has 4 children who have been through school and university; which is why he felt he wanted to share the experiences and lessons that he had learnt through being both a parent and an employer/employee, to school children on a voluntary basis.


Impact on schools

In the early months of joining the Black Country EAN, Steve took part in a number of workshops which involved talking about his role in the workplace and what he does on a daily basis.

Going forward, Steve would like to offer more support to schools where it is needed; specifically with activities such as interviewing techniques, CV writing, social media activities and generally getting students ready and prepared for the world of work.


Importance of linking schools with business

Steve thinks visits to companies are an important step in helping students consider what they might want to do in their future careers.