Illuminating the World of Work for Schools and Students

ENTERPRISE Advisors helped bring the world of work alive at an event for businesses and students recently. The advisors are working with us on a project with the national Careers  and Enterprise Company creating high impact career opportunities for young people.

Over 30 schools from York and North Yorkshire attended the event, Inspirations Day, organised by educational business partnership NYBEP, to celebrate science, technology, education and mathematics in education, as well as enterprise and innovation.

On the day, up to 50 awards were on offer to celebrate students work and inspire them to continue studying STEM subjects. It was also an excellent networking opportunity for Enterprise Advisers to meet students and see the many varied projects on display.

New to the event this year was a Women into STEM award sponsored by ourselves and the Careers and Enterprise Company won by female students from Scarborough University Technical College with their Mini Farm project.

Over 80 businesses supported the event, judging students STEM work and providing STEM activities. Employers there included Dale Power Solutions, Sirius Minerals, Network Rail, Portakabin and more.

Dr Ruth Smith, Chair of our Skills and Employability Board, said: “Helping unlock our area’s economic growth by linking students with businesses is an essential part of our work here at the Local Enterprise Partnership. Absolutely key to this are our network of Enterprise Advisors, who are bringing the world of work to life for our students and ultimately helping them to make more informed choices about their future careers.”

Featured on the image (left) is Key Stage 5 Rebecca Firiyeni from Harrogate Grammar School who showcased her winning scientific illumination project to businesses.

Enterprise Advisor Ian Rainbow, working with Harrogate Grammar said: “It was great to discuss our experiences within the schools and gain contact details so we can share experiences, and assist each other going forward. The project is going from strength to strength, with positive feedback from the schools involved’.”

Through the CEC project we recruit high calibre volunteers from business to support schools and colleges to develop relationships between businesses and schools, helping to create or add to the schools careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy. We currently have 49 schools signed up to the project and 36 Enterprise Advisors ranging from those from international companies, self employment or retirement. Most importantly they are all passionate about investing in the next generation’s skills.

If you would like to know more about the CEC project and how you could become involved please visit the Careers and Enterprise Company and contact [email protected]