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“The Careers & Enterprise Company has reached out to thousands of young people to give them advice and support to ensure there are no limits to their potential. It’s great to see the programmes continue to take shape across the country and positively impact young lives.”

- Justine Greening, Education Secretary

 

"We are truly excited to be recognised by the Careers & Enterprise Company as a valuable partner in boosting social mobility."

- Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive, Ahead Partnership

Ahead Partnership to receive further funding from government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company

£5MILLION INVESTED BY CAREERS & ENTERPRISE COMPANY TO SUPPORT 160,000 YOUNG PEOPLE INTO WORK

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29 June 2017 - £5million will be invested in careers and enterprise programmes across the country to help 160,000 young people make connections with the world of work.

The government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company today announced the successful bidders for funding from its Investment Fund which ensures that the best careers and enterprise programmes reach the students who need them the most.

The investment will support 50 organisations delivering tried and tested programmes to young people that focus on work experience, enterprise education, volunteering and/or transition skills development. The £5million includes £1million from the Education Endowment Foundation and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to evaluate different approaches to careers education.

£1million of the investment will be targeted at the government’s first six Opportunity Areas to help boost social mobility. This will enable local schools and colleges to choose their preferred programmes and providers.

Ahead Partnership will receive over £150,000 to grow their Make the Grade programme in Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield, Doncaster as well as Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale.

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It comes as the Company announced it had signed up 1,700 secondary schools and colleges to its network – half of all secondary schools and colleges in England – to help them develop tailored careers and enterprise plans and connect them with employers and careers programme providers.

This follows research which shows that young people who have 4 or more encounters with the world of work while at school are 86% less likely to be NEET - not in education, employment or training - and on average will go on to earn 18% more than their peers who did not have such opportunities.

The Company’s first Investment Fund of £5milion, of which Ahead Partnership were also a recipient, resulted in:

  • More than 250,000 young people benefitting from careers and enterprise support - the Company hit this target 6 months ahead of schedule
  • 170,000 new encounters with STEM employers
  • 75% of this fund invested in ‘cold spots’ – areas in England most in need of careers and enterprise support
  • More than 3,000 new employers working with a young person for the first time
  • The initial government money was doubled through match funding

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “Good careers advice is vital in inspiring and helping young people to make smart, informed choices about their futures – whether that’s going off to university, starting an apprenticeship or kick starting a career.

“The Careers & Enterprise Company has reached out to thousands of young people to give them advice and support to ensure there are no limits to their potential. It’s great to see the programmes continue to take shape across the country and positively impact young lives.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “I am delighted we have been able to invest £5million to scale up proven careers and enterprise programmes in areas of need, focussing on careers and enterprise cold spots. We know this funding is making a real difference to employment outcomes for young people and the future of our economy.” 

Stephanie Burras CBE, Chief Executive of Ahead Partnership, said: "We are delighted to have been successful in our bid to extend our highly successful Make the Grade programme to a new network of schools and colleges in the Yorkshire cold spot regions. This funding will enable us to deliver high-quality, high-impact activities designed specifically with employers to more young people than ever before - giving them a deeper insight into the world of work and helping them make informed choices about their futures.

"By the end of this academic year 95,000 young people will have benefited from Make the Grade and we know that 93% of young people we worked with last year felt the programme helped them feel better prepared for work. We are truly excited to be recognised by the Careers & Enterprise Company as a valuable partner in boosting social mobility."

 

Find out more about this latest investment on the Careers & Enterprise Company website >>

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