Worcestershire is leading the way in careers advice and has been allocated funding to support young people to make informed decisions about their future.
Worcestershire County Council, along with Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded funding from the national Careers and Enterprise Company to support schools in preparing young people for future employment.
With the funding, the council and the LEP will be developing a range of new links between schools and the business community to ensure young people have access to the information, work experience and contacts they need to progress into employment within Worcestershire businesses. One of the ways this is being done is to encourage business representatives to become Enterprise Advisors. The council and the LEP are looking to appoint 32 volunteer Enterprise Advisors to support schools across the county from now until August 2016. These advisors will work within schools to inspire and motivate young people and help them to make informed choices about their future employment.
Alongside this, Worcestershire County Council's Connecting Schools and Businesses programme, along with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, the National Careers Service and the new Careers and Enterprise Company initiative is organising a series of career events will take place over the academic year.
The events will be held at secondary and high schools within the districts across Worcestershire to allow students to find out more about the range of career paths on offer in Worcestershire.
Across Worcestershire local businesses will be spending the day to showcase their industries to the students. The event will give students the opportunity to find out more about specific industries and careers as well as ask questions and build relationships with local businesses.
Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure: "The council continues to work to ensure young people have the knowledge, skills and experience needed for them to have a successful future. We are pleased to be leading the way in building these new relationships between schools and businesses to ensure young people are able achieve their aspirations."
For general careers advice on a range of industries visit http://www.worcestershirecareerscentral.co.uk/