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Skills Development with Schools and Colleges

Last updated 20 July 2021
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Skills Development with Schools and Colleges

Enterprise M3 have partnered with the Careers & Enterprise Company, our aim is to support 115 schools and colleges to deliver top quality careers education.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

How is the network run?

Enterprise M3 LEP match funds a team of seven Enterprise Co-ordinators in place to deliver the Careers & Enterprise Company programme in the EM3 region.

All schools and colleges are required to deliver a careers programme that inspires and informs their students about the world of work. To support with this, we are matching every school and college with a volunteer from business who can provide advice on effectively engaging with employers.

Our co-ordinators and business volunteers form the EM3 Enterprise Advisor Network (EAN)


Meeting former Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds MP

What are the benefits to business?

Enterprise M3 LEP hear regularly that one of the barriers for business in increasing productivity and growth is a mismatch and under-utilisation of skills. The projects we are working on alongside our schools and colleges in the area seek to address this issue by providing businesses access to young people to help shape their future workforce.

Through supporting local schools and colleges, employers can gain an insight into the education landscape and adapt the recruitment or training practices that are being used. The direct interaction with the talent pipeline can also contribute to meeting the requirements of any corporate social responsibility policy.

Individuals who get involved with these projects can develop skills such as:

  • Workload management
  • Community awareness
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Creativity
  • Network building


Get involved

How to get involved 

Having established the needs of our schools and colleges, we can guide you to help young people in the most effective ways possible. The two major opportunities are as follows:

Option one: Become an Enterprise Adviser

An Enterprise Adviser is a connected, credible and committed individual who works strategically with a school or college’s senior leadership team, using their own experiences and expertise to build on the existing programmes being offered.

In this setting, each volunteer is matched with one school or college. That volunteer joins one of our enterprise co-ordinators in virtual meetings with that institution every half term (6 weeks). Our advisers help schools develop tailored careers advice programmes and build a network of valuable local business contacts. This helps prepare young people for future jobs and careers.

Read more about the role here. 

Option two: Volunteer to help at an event or host your own

Schools and colleges in Surrey and Hampshire are always looking for volunteers from local businesses to assist in careers events. Time commitment is generally minimal, with our suggestion being to ‘give an hour’ to a school. Popular events such as speed networking, careers fairs and CV workshops present great opportunities for budding volunteers.

Careers Leaders in our region are also keen to hear from forward thinking businesses that run their own events. If you represent a national business that runs a large programme, or even an SME that wants to engage with young people, then we’d urge you to get in touch.

You can do so by emailing us today:

The opportunities listed above are extremely important, however there’s far more that can be done. Our schools and colleges are targeted towards getting careers embedded into their curriculum, this is not possible to achieve without the assistance of businesses. If you represent an organisation that has resources available, or an education programme to deliver, then we would love to hear from you. We can advise you on activities and engagement opportunities that fit your time and resources.

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