Major employers partner with West of England Careers Hub

By Ben Carey on 3 May, 2019


Some of the region’s major employers have signed up to a scheme to help young people prepare for the world of work.

The initiative, co-ordinated by the Careers and Enterprise Company alongside West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will see seven businesses become Cornerstone Employers in the West of England Careers Hub.

The partnering companies are Babcock; Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S); The Cabinet Office; Hargreaves Lansdown; Edwards Vacuum; Galliford Try and Womble Bond Dickinson.

Each will invest time and resources to support local schools and colleges with their careers education to help inspire future generations.

According to research, young people who have regular, meaningful contact with employers while at school are more likely to find employment or pursue further education or training.

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.

Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said, “We’re working with schools, colleges and businesses to make sure that young people are aware of all the opportunities available to them in our region. Therefore, it’s great to welcome our seven new Cornerstone Employers and we hope they will inspire more businesses and organisations to come forward and support us to help our young people.”

Mike Homer, Managing Director of Babcock, added, “It is essential that we enthuse, educate and support young people about the diverse range of career options available to them, because this will help ensure they make the right choices and better enable them to develop to their full potential. Babcock already has a well-established STEM engagement programme in place across the region, and to be named a Cornerstone Employer is fantastic news as we continue with our drive to inspire future engineers.”

The West of England Careers Hub works with 25 schools and colleges from across Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. The schools and colleges are supported to improve careers opportunities and work experiences for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their careers.

The Enterprise Adviser Network, managed by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership, aims to ensure school leavers are ready for the world of work. There are currently 48 Enterprise Advisers linked with schools across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire but more are needed.

Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said, “We need the right skills for businesses now and into the future and we must encourage young people to realise their potential. Our West of England Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network are helping to ensure young people have more opportunities to explore the world of work and meet potential future employers.”