100th school-employer pairing confirmed

Longridge High School in Preston has become the 100th school to join the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network.

Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network 100

Launched in October 2016, the county-wide careers advice programme matches schools and colleges with volunteer local businesses to help boost employment prospects for young people.

Longridge High School has been officially twinned with Motionlab Marketing.

Lancashire’s Enterprise Adviser Network focusses on giving young people multiple opportunities to experience and understand what training, work and career development is really like outside of the classroom. This helps them to explore their options, and build confidence about future decisions regarding employment.

It also helps boost their potential employability, with research indicating that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86 per cent less likely to be unemployed, or not in education or training.

It has also been found that being exposed to real life employment scenarios before leaving school young people can earn up to 18 per cent more during their career compared those who only experience standard classroom-based careers advice.

To celebrate Longridge High School becoming the 100th school to join the Enterprise Adviser Network, a special event was held at the school attended by Edwin Booth, chair of the Lancashire LEP, and Clare Hutchinson, area manager north for the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Edwin Booth said: “Exposing young people to real life employment scenarios and engaging with industry professionals has been proven to get students on the right career pathway and boost their employment prospects.

"This initiative also reflects how our skills and employment strategy has been successfully aligned to our wider strategic economic plan, and has been directly linked to priority sectors where we anticipate we will see substantial growth over the next five to ten years.”

Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network Motionlab

Simon Iredale, CEO from Motionlab said: “In the world we live in today where technology runs at an incredible pace, skills in real world environments are essential. Enabling young people to realise the requirements necessary to forge a career in the modern world are key to their career development.

“Digital technologies are growing at an exponential rate and supplementation of students’ day to day learning can only help. Being invited to share my nearly 20 years of experience in digital will hopefully deliver much needed information that the students can use in their growing career.”

By partnering with local volunteer business leaders and their respective firms, participating schools in Lancashire’s Enterprise Adviser Network get access to a wealth of insights and ‘frontline’ evidence about what work is really like.

This is shared through talks in schools by visiting employers, regular school trips to workplaces, hosting of mock interviews and special careers advice days where employers take an active role in explaining and promoting different types of job roles and training options available. Some employers have also provided live digital broadcasts direct from their workplaces into Lancashire classrooms.