Joining the Dots with The Careers & Enterprise Company 2018

Learn by Design were privileged to exhibit at The Careers & Enterprise Company’s (CEC) Annual Conference event, Wednesday 4th July 2018.

The Annual Conference at Newbury Racecourse was filled with over 800 schools, colleges, employers, volunteers and careers providers all looking to ‘join the dots’ between young people and the world of work.

The agenda for the day consisted of an opening plenary focusing on Our Collective Impact. Inspirational speakers, such as Claudia Harris CEO of CEC, brought to light all the positive work that key players in the careers and enterprise industry have implemented over the last year. This was followed by an awards ceremony, congratulating career providers and leaders, schools and businesses for their exceptional work within the industry.

Careers Leader of the Year – Charlotte Selley
School or College of the Year – Matravers School
Careers Advisor of the Year – Kerry Clifford
SEND Careers Provision of the Year – The Castle School
Enterprise Advisor of the Year – Roger Wilson
Provider of the Year – Science Oxford
Outstanding Large Employer of the Year – Rick Stein
Outstanding SME of the Year – Let’s Do Business Group
Innovative Partnership of the Year – Greater Manchester Careers and Education Hub

Claudia Harris CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, speaking at the Annual Conference 2018

Claudia Harris CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, speaking at the Annual Conference 2018

Throughout the main part of the event, visitors had the opportunity of taking part in different sessions which linked best to their objective. Learn by Design attended the Employers Encounters and Workplace Experience session, which Christine Hodgson Chairman of CEC hosted, to learn how employer encounters make a real difference to young people. Christine said, “In a world of work where everything is changing fast, we need to be even more thoughtful to inspire young people in the relevance of careers.”

We also heard an inspiring story from Luke Liddiard who became homeless at a young age and was left to sleep on the streets of London. He found Young Enterprise Company who offered him the chance to come up with a business idea, from which he could run his own company for a year with their support. He is now a successful entrepreneur who has won multiple national awards and strives to inspire others who are in a tough situation to reach their goals in life

Read more about Luke’s story here.

Following this, Chris Percy – CEC Strategy Consultant – took to the stage to discuss CEC’s closing the gap research. The Gatsby Benchmark was a prime topic throughout the session, linking to the need for more employer to school encounters.

53% of young adults say schools prepared them poorly

90% of employers say school leavers aren’t ready for work

50% of Year 7/8 students are only getting 1 encounter a year

Chris Percy’s research shows that closing the gap between employers and schools has never been more imperative. If each student had 15+ encounters every year, their career choices would vastly improve, creating a wider balance of jobs across the country. This would also help students to feel more prepared for work life and employers would feel that they are also ready.

Find out more information on the Gatsby Benchmark here.

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, speaking at The Careers & Enterprise Annual Conference 2018

Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, speaking at The Careers & Enterprise Annual Conference 2018

The session ended with a surprise speech from Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, who is an internationally recognised practical campaigner for inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the common good.

“Use the young to inspire and the old to coordinate”

The closing plenary for the day continued to celebrate and share examples of fantastic work being done to support young people. Further awards were announced, and a CEC panel discussed their vision for the future for young people.

Learn by Design work closely with The Careers & Enterprise Company to deliver iRail workshops and events to Year 9 students across the West Midlands.