Enterprise Adviser Network gives pupils a chance to shape their future

Pupils at Morecambe Community High School have been given the chance to inform and influence their School's Careers and Enterprise programme plans.

Through the Enterprise Adviser Network, Capagemini UK's Vice-President, Robert Burns - who volunteers as an Enterprise Adviser, arranged a unique opportunity for pupils from Morecambe High to meet and interact as peers with senior managers from major global companies like Capgemini, to learn all about the world of work and what’s expected of young people in the workplace.

Local social enterprise Inspira delivers the Enterprise Adviser Network in Lancashire on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Matt Auger, Head of Morecambe High said, "We are very excited about the link we are establishing with Rob and Capgemini. Our students have already started to benefit from this and we are really excited about where this might lead. We are really grateful to Rob and all of the hard work he has put into supporting our students."

Research has shown that if students have four or more encounters with employers they are five times less likely to become NEETS.

"Through the direct interaction with Robert, the students have received feedback on how softer skills such as eye contact, posture and body language are all aspects of appearance which can determine success in a job or college interview. " said Andrew Heydeman, Inspira's Enterprise Co-Ordinator who helped to facilitate the match.

Mr Burns was also keen to capture the views of the young people and use them as the basis for the development and implementation of an exciting new Careers and Enterprise strategy and plan for the school.

Engagement for the school’s pupils with big name organisations and local employers, will be the corner piece and focal point of this strategy. There is also a planned introduction of five employability days for Year 10 pupils which will better prepare students for the world of work, and give them the employability skills they will need to help them secure college/university places, apprenticeships and exciting employment opportunities.

'We are very appreciative of the support that Robert Burns is providing as Enterprise Adviser for Morecambe Community High School. It is great to see the involvement of the students in the shaping of the Careers and Enterprise Strategy and Plan, and the types of employer engagement activities that they think will help them to develop their employability skills and improve their insight into the world of work," said Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub.

The comprehensive employability days, incorporating the involvement of a wide range of national and local employers, will cover five important elements of employability in the current labour market-appearance and first impressions; the art of manners and work etiquette; the positives and negatives of personal social media usage; CV writing and college/University/apprenticeship/job applications, and Mock Interviews. All pupils will therefore have direct access to “real life” employers, and will receive invaluable positive and constructive feedback from these professionals on their performance. Equally importantly, this employer input and the application of these workplace skills, will be mapped and closely aligned to the school’s delivery of its core curriculum, positioning the development of employability skills for all of Morecambe Community High School’s pupils, at the heart of the school’s strategy.

This strategic planning with the involvement and positive influence of Enterprise Adviser Robert Burns as part of the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network, will broaden the careers horizons of pupils at the school, help raise their aspirations and build their self-confidence. This employer engagement experienced by the school’s pupils will help them achieve their true potential, learn; believe; achieve and thrive, and as the school’s vision statement proudly says, enable them to 'Be the best they can be'.

For more information about the EAN go to www.LancashireEAN.co.uk