Myerscough College has enlisted the help of the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network to help improve the employability and enterprising skills in learners.
The Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network connects schools and colleges with business or industry and careers programme providers. It creates and coordinates meaningful encounters with the world of work for young people, enabling them to make informed choices in a strategic and planned way.
The network, which is co-funded by Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Careers & Enterprise Company, is being delivered in Lancashire on behalf of Lancashire LEP by local delivery partner, Inspira.
The network’s activity is based on evidence gathered during the Lord Young Review of employability and enterprising skills in young people. Research found that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.
The focus is to address this gap by bringing together employers, schools and colleges, and careers programme providers.
Working with the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network, Myerscough learners will be given more opportunities to get to know the world of work, understand what work is, explore options and help to build real confidence about their future.
Within the network, Inspira's Enterprise Coordinator, Nicola Roberts has helped Myerscough secure two Enterprise Advisers for the College, Angela Kershaw and Andrea Wallace, both with key responsibility for Wyre economic development and they are both integral in the “Wyred Up” network with industry.
They will now work to develop a strategic and sustainable plan to support the development of Myerscough’s careers education and enterprise programme, sharing information, ideas, initiatives and contacts.
Jackie Hough, Myerscough’s Work Placement Manager, said: ‘’The network seeks to develop linkages between school and college activity, exploring opportunities for information sharing, collaboration and developing learner understanding of opportunities beyond school.
‘’We have already started initial work together and I feel very excited that this will be very beneficial to the College and our students, as we move forward.’’
The photograph shows Myerscough College signing the agreement with Nicola Roberts (Enterprise Co-ordinator, Inspira), Angela Kershaw (Senior Economic Development Officer, Wyre Council), Alison Robinson (Myerscough Chief Executive & Principal), Stuart Heys (Chairman, Myerscough Corporation), Andrea Wallace (Wyre Council & Enterprise Adviser), and Janet Jackson (Strategic Partnership Manager, Lancashire Skills Hub).
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by Dave Salmon