Founder Goes Back to School with Enterprise Adviser Role

By February 9, 2017Stories

KC Communications Founder Enlists as an Enterprise Adviser

Running a successful business and being a mother to two children, I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to provide young people looking to enter the workplace with insight into the skills and qualities business require to ensure they are not only employable but contribute to the economic growth of the region.

After meeting with the Leeds Enterprise Partnership (LEP) at the 2016 Educated Yorkshire conference in November and learning all about The Enterprise Adviser Network, which connects senior leaders in business to senior leaders in schools, to influence and develop the school’s career and enterprise strategy along with providing students regular and relevant access to employers I immediately signed up.

After an initial conversation around the reasons I wanted to become an Enterprise Adviser I was matched to a local school, Salendine Nook High School, which also happens to be my former school and the high school my daughters will eventually attend, to develop their careers and further education delivery.

While the Enterprise Adviser role will enable me to work directly with the school and teaching staff; it will also enable me to engage directly with pupils, giving them the opportunity to gain an insight into a variety of industries and hearing first-hand from industry experts.

Educators are tasked with multiple requirements, and it has not always been possible to provide pupils with insight into the career opportunities available and the routes to them. Through no fault of their own, one of the major things the education system lacks is the ability to offer young adults the opportunity to see and hear what is expected of them in the working world.

While the transition from education to further education and/or full-time employment is tough, I’m hoping myself, fellow Enterprise Advisers and other local businesses can make this easier by providing insight and guidance from a wide range of professions.

While in my role as an Enterprise Adviser I can provide an insight into the qualities businesses are looking for along with an overview of the marketing industry, Salendine Nook is looking for additional professionals from a background of industries, in particular, the digital media, medical and emergency services to broaden their offering to pupils.

Commencing on March 9th, Salendine Nook High School will be running sessions every Thursday from 8:15 am – 9 am, with the exception of the Easter break between 10th and 21st of April.

These sessions will consist of two talks per slot with the opportunity for students to have their questions answered after each talk, enabling them to hear directly from a business, the skills that employers want to see.

If you, or someone you know works within the industries stated above (or other industries you feel would benefit from access to young people) and you feel you could offer the time to Salendine Nook, then please get in touch with me via email or call the office on 01484 485324.

If you’d like more information on the Enterprise Adviser programme run by the LEP, then head to their website where you can see what they do and how you can get involved.