The West of England Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tim Warren, visited Hayesfield Girls School this week to support young people’s career opportunities.
He joined the schools’ 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 the school to improve career opportunities for young people.
It follows similar visits made last week by Cllr Warren and Regional Mayor Tim Bowles to Writhlington School, in Radstock, and Digitech Studio School, in Warmley, respectively.
Cllr Tim Warren, Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council and Deputy Mayor of the West of England, said: “With so much investment in major schemes across the region we need a workforce that can seize the skilled job opportunities available and it has been a real delight to visit schools in Bath and North East Somerset to find out about the work being done that supports young people when it comes to the kind of jobs they hope to find in the future. We have many talented students in all our schools and it is our duty to make sure they reach their full potential.”
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.
Philip White, Acting Headteacher at Hayesfield School and Mixed Sixth Form, said: “We are proud to be part of the West of England Career Hub and are very grateful to the WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) for their support. We aim to provide life-changing opportunities to our students by engaging local employers and opening up the world of employment to all of our young people.
“We were delighted to host the Medical mavericks team and it was brilliant to see all of our Year 9 students get so involved with all the activities. This is a wonderful initiative that has opened their eyes to the world of medicine and the opportunities available to them.”
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.
Lucy Beattie, a fundraising, marketing and development manager at Three Ways Special School in Bath, who also works freelance in fundraising and events management, said: “I am the Enterprise Adviser for Hayesfield, which is my daughter’s school. I have spent many years networking in the business community in Bath and feel I can give a broad knowledge of the employment landscape and help network the school into business areas in which they might not have contacts. I also help ensure that the school’s careers strategy covers all subjects in the curriculum and is embedded through the school. It doesn’t take huge amount of time or effort to make a vast difference to the opportunities for our future workforce.”
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.