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Funding Confirmed for Additional Enterprise Co-ordinator to Meet Demand from Schools in Black Country

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce have agreed to match-fund a fourth Enterprise Co-ordinator in the Black Country in partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company and the Black Country LEP to meet demand from schools for careers support in schools.

To-date the Black Country LEP have led the way in delivering the Careers Enterprise Adviser Programme across the Black Country connecting three Enterprise Co-ordinators and a team of Enterprise Advisors, senior business volunteers, with schools across the Black Country. The aim is to help the leadership of secondary schools and academies to develop and enhance their business engagement strategy and activities by linking business and schools.

Black Country Enterprise Co-ordinators are currently working with 50 of 83 schools across the Black Country and through this additional role the Black Country LEP aims to reach all schools in the area responding to the demand from schools who recognise the value of this kind of business led careers support.

Enterprise Co-ordinators are trained professionals who work with clusters of 20 schools and colleges to build career plans and make connections to local and national employers supporting Enterprise Advisors to work with the individual schools to develop an effective career strategy for their pupils.

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of Black Country Chamber of Commerce said: “The Chamber of Commerce has a long history of working with schools and businesses across the Black Country, so we are delighted to be working with the Black Country LEP and Careers and Enterprise Company to support our young people in making connections with business in order that they experience relevant and appropriate careers support. Through the Enterprise Co-ordinator we can support the next generation of Black Country business leaders by delivering our aim to provide first-class business support right from the first step of their future careers.”

Angela Tellyn, West Midlands lead Careers and Enterprise Company said: “The Black Country LEP continue to lead the way nationally in delivering the Careers Enterprise Programme, through the work delivered to-date and subsequent demand for a fourth Enterprise Co-ordinator in the Black Country, the LEP will be able to work with 100% of schools in the area, bringing appropriate, useful and business led careers support to all secondary pupils across the Black Country.”

Stewart Towe, Chair Black Country LEP said: “We are delighted that partners are working together to continue to develop this vital work connecting schools and businesses. This additional Enterprise Coordinator will enable us to use our expertise in connecting more of our schools and colleges with the worlds of work and employment to ensure young people have the skills, CVs and work experience to succeed in the job market. The Black Country are leading the way nationally and we are seeing a real change in the way that young people understand employment opportunities in our area and how to develop their careers.”

The Careers & Enterprise Company has invested over £125k to date with equivalent match funding offered through the Black Country LEP, Wolverhampton City Council and now the Black Country Chamber of Commerce to deliver the project.

For further information visit www.blackcountryskillsfactory.co.uk. The new Enterprise Coordinator role will be advertised in due course.

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