Regional Mayor Tim Bowles visited Bristol’s Digitech Studio School on Tuesday 5 March. He joined the school’s staff to learn more about how the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership’s Careers Hub and Enterprise Adviser Network are helping improve career opportunities for young people.
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.
“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.”
Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are likely to earn around 18 per cent more during their career than their peers who did not have the same opportunities. They are also 86 per cent less likely to become what is known as NEETs (not in employment, education or training).
The West of England Careers Hub, funded through the Careers & Enterprise Company, 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.
Lis Jolley, Principal at Digitech Studio School, said: “We’re grateful to the West of England Mayor Tim Bowles for visiting us. We place careers as a very high priority at Digitech Studio School, for example, we are very proud of our Year 10 students who have just returned from a work experience placement week. We offer two work experience placements in Year 10 to give our students the best possible start to their future careers. The impact on students’ confidence and the development of employability skills is a pleasure to see when they return, and I would like to thank all the employers who offer placements to young people.”
Business people, entrepreneurs, and professionals are being encouraged to volunteer some of their time to help improve career opportunities for young people in the West of England. Training is provided and it’s a great way to give something back to the community while also supporting your own professional development and raising awareness of career opportunities with potential employees. Volunteering takes no more than six hours a month.