People and employers share the same ambition to be able to access the skills and attributes needed for business success. During the past year Enterprise M3 has been working on three significant initiatives to help achieve that goal.
Apprenticeship Ambassador Network - proving enthusiasm for apprenticeships can easily catch on
Be Wiser Insurance, a firm based in Andover, was recognised in this year’s National Apprenticeship Awards as one of the country’s leading employers of apprenticeships after picking up a top accolade, “Newcomer – Large Employer of the Year”. Be Wiser beat off stiff competition from some very well established brands, including The Highways Agency and UBS.
It is companies like Be Wiser, real enthusiasts and champions of the value of apprenticeships that Enterprise M3 invited to form and drive our successful Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.
The Network grew out of Enterprise M3’s recognition that the business case for employing apprenticeships could be made stronger if communication was intrinsically employer speaking to employer.
The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network is chaired by a leading local employer and involves 17 businesses. They come from different sectors, including aerospace, ICT solutions, data services, manufacturing, infrastructure and professional/business services, but they all share a dedication and commitment to apprenticeships. They use their experience, knowledge and this enthusiasm to promote and introduce other businesses to apprenticeships.
Crescens George, Director of Training and Development at Be Wiser said, “Apprenticeships have enriched and improved our business in many ways. Introducing apprenticeships to the business has enabled us to invest in our staff and turn ‘jobs’ into ‘careers’. For many of our employees an apprenticeship scheme has given them an opportunity to re-engage in education and has enabled them to become valuable and professionally qualified members of staff.”
Enterprise Advisor Network - inspiring the career & professional aspirations of our young people
Enterprise M3 have begun to deliver a step change in the quality of careers advice to young people with the launch of the Enterprise Advisor Network.
The Network is led nationally by the Careers and Enterprise Company, which aims to help schools connect with local employers to deliver inspiring and informative careers advice. Enterprise M3 appointed Basingstoke Consortium and SATRO to recruit and manage a volunteer network of Enterprise Advisers from local private, public and voluntary organisations, to advise school leaders on how to make better connections with local businesses. Initially this project focuses on Rushmoor and Waverley. We intend to roll out to the wider Enterprise M3 area in the coming year.
Supporting Excellence in Our Colleges of Further Education - high skills; the right skills
We recognise the key role our colleges of further education can play in driving productivity and prosperity in our area and across the nation. In support of Government plans to reform further education in each locality, Enterprise M3 are helping colleges align their plans with the needs of business, industry and the economy. By arranging a series of employer engagement workshops, Enterprise M3 provided a forum for businesses to discuss their workforce needs and skills gaps, which will help colleges to develop strategic plans fit for the local economy and fit for delivering an excellent further education which is effective and sustainable.