Silentnight has become the first ‘Cornerstone Employer’ for the Lancashire Careers Hub which is delivered by Inspira. In addition to the contribution they will continue to make through the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network, they will also invest time and resources to support local schools and colleges with their careers education and with inspiring young people.
Dr Julie Dix, Training and Development Manager at Silentnight said: “We’re absolutely delighted to become a Cornerstone Employer; Silentnight is truly dedicated to educating and nurturing talent in the local area and we’re looking forward to inspiring young people and opening up a wealth of opportunities."
Research shows that young people who have regular, meaningful interactions with employers while at school are less likely to be NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) when they leave.
Silentnight will work closely with Inspira who also deliver the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) on behalf of The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.
Together they will ensure that all young people across the region have access to regular, meaningful engagement with employers reflecting the priority sectors in Lancashire and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.
Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved in supporting schools and colleges, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’ through the LEAN, a network of volunteers from the world of business who are each matched to a local school to support their careers activity.
Kay Vaughan who is Inspira’s lead at the Careers Hub said, “Cornerstone Employers are such an important element of the employer/education engagement model. By leveraging their networks within their wider business communities, companies like Silentnight are instrumental in inspiring young people for the world of work.”