Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, announces new Careers & Enterprise CompanyPosted: 10th of December 2014 by
The government has declared a commitment to making sure every young person leaves school or college prepared for life, including in the workplace. As part of this, they want to inspire young people to seek out fulfilling careers, make them ready for work, and give them the skills and knowledge to pursue the full range of options that are open to them. As part of this, careers guidance is seen as important for all children, regardless of background.
In order to support this, the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan has announced the formation of a new independent careers inspiration company to encourage better collaboration between schools and employers. The company will be chaired by Christine Hodgson, who is the chair of Capgemini UK.
Rather than competing with companies already operating in the market, the new company will seek to act as an umbrella organisation to allow employers, schools, colleges, and other institutions a platform to coordinate their activities. The new company will not deliver solutions directly, but will focus on students aged between 12 and 18, working with the National Careers Service to do so.
An official statement explained that the company will:
“Use relationships with employers – private, public and third sector - to break down barriers between schools and colleges on the one hand and employers on the other, and increase the level of employer input into careers, inspiration and enterprise in all schools and colleges. It will do this partly through a network of advisors who will broker strong and extensive links at local level.
“Assist schools and colleges in choosing effective careers and enterprise organisations to partner with, including considering the use of quality marks.
“Stimulate more and better activity in areas where the current provision is poorest. The company will administer a £5 million investment fund to support innovation and stimulate good practice.
“And last but not least, it will develop an Enterprise Passport to incentivise young people to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities that boost their appeal to employers, as well as their enterprise skills. “
We expect that there will be plenty of questions as to how all of this will be achieved, and exactly what it will mean for businesses, schools and colleges – not to mention students themselves! While the company has set what see like some lofty goals from the outset, we applaud the efforts to bring greater opportunities to more and more students across the UK.
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