Careers Enterprise Company

The Careers Enterprise Company (CEC) helps young people explore options for their future career, working in partnership with schools, colleges, employers and youth organisations to create opportunity for all young people.

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

The Company’s role is to join the dots between schools, colleges, employers and providers of careers and enterprise activities, supporting programmes that work, filling gaps in provision and ensuring coverage across the country.

In the SELEP area we have nearly 200 schools engaged with the CEC networks and benefitting from the following programmes:

Enterprise Advisor Network

The Enterprise Adviser Network pairs senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans. The purpose of the network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers drawn from businesses who work directly with the school’s leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans. They work with other local businesses to equip young people with the skills they need.

To find out more about how to get involved in the Enterprise Advisor Network, click here

Mentoring fund and community

In January 2016, the government announced the launch of a national mentoring campaign that connects a new generation of mentors to pre-GCSE teens at risk of disengaging and under-performing.

More than £294,000 will be invested in mentoring programmes in the South East LEP area (East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend & Thurrock) in a bid to boost social mobility and support young people who are at risk of not fulfilling their full potential at school.

The fund will focus on students who are about to begin their GCSEs but risk under achieving and falling behind their peers. This can impact on their future earning potential and career later in life.

The programmes available in the SELEP area are:

Organisation Funding Geography Focus
Think Forward £46,293.80 Kent only ThinkForward ensure young people underperforming at school receive long-term support to transition from school to sustained employment.
ELBA (East London Business Alliance) £57,821.67 Cross LEP (and other LEP areas also) East London Business Alliance mentoring matches students to business volunteers to support with planning their future career and skills for the world of work.
Young Enterprise £39,277.48 Cross LEP (and other LEP areas also) Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity connecting 300 business mentors with 3000 pre GCSE students.
Southend on Sea Council £88,300.24 Southend, Thurrock, Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford The 60 Minute Mentor programme works towards ensuring all young people in South Essex have access to an inspirational role model.
Help me I’m a Medic £62,332.84 Cross LEP (and other LEP areas also) Help Me I’m a Medic empowers and supports people from all social backgrounds to fulfil their dreams of working in health.

Careers & Enterprise Fund

A £5 million Careers & Enterprise Fund was created nationally to increase the number of encounters young people have with employers while in education which, according to research, dramatically reduces their chances of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) and increases future salary by an average of 18%. It focuses on areas of greatest need, with 75% of funding directed to ‘Cold Spot’ areas.

Successful bids will be added to the Careers Enterprise Website

For more information about the careers and Enterprise Company activities in the SELEP area please visit….

For Essex

For Southend

For Thurrock TBA

For East Sussex

For Kent