The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) contracts with the LEP to inspire and prepare young people for the fast changing world of work by connecting students with businesses throughout their school and college education.

The CEC have developed  an online tool Compass Plus which enables Career Leaders to easily monitor progress against achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. The tool is also a reporting mechanism for schools to use to bring their careers strategy and activities under one central database. The CEC also provide regular training programmes for the Enterprise Coordinators and Career Leaders to access to keep their skills updated. Due to the current situation (COVID19) the CEC has quickly adapted many of its resources to be available online for students and Career Leaders.

In this region, the project works with 60 schools:

  • 35 Schools in the York and North Yorkshire Careers Hub (see below for more details)
  • 14 Opportunity Area based schools – Scarborough and the Coast
  • 11 Schools in the wider careers network.

The project links up schools and colleges through the Careers Leader with a volunteer from the business community known as an Enterprise Advisor who helps shape the careers strategy for the school they are assigned to. Together they can work to bring innovative experiences of the workplace to the students. We work with a with a wide range of partners to ensure a collaborative approach to schools and contract with NYBEP to deliver the CEC project.

We are always looking for businesses to join the network. Especially those that are looking to their future growth and staffing needs to ensure that young people know about their business and the careers and training opportunities on offer, often right on their doorstep.

More details of how you can get involved and become an Enterprise Advisor can be found at:


York and North Yorkshire Careers Hub

In 2018 the YNYER LEP was successful in a bid to manage a York and North Yorkshire Careers Hub of 35 schools across York and North Yorkshire, in conjunction with managing schools in the wider network and those in the Opportunity Area of Scarborough.

The purpose of the Hub is to work with schools and colleges who have a shared vision of how they will work together to improve outcomes for the young people in their area. The Hub links these schools and colleges with employers, Further Education establishments, apprenticeship- and other providers to help them make progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve outcomes for young people. The Hub is expected to have an impact on the speed and scale of achievements thus better preparing young people for the economic challenges they will face in the future.