Robin Walker, MP for Worcester and PPS to the Education Secretary, has warmly welcomed
the news that Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured £100,000 in
funding for enterprise education in schools.
Worcestershire is leading the way and has been allocated funding in the first wave of The
Careers & Enterprise Company’s national programme.
The funds will provide dedicated Enterprise Co-ordinators, which will form part of a
nationwide network. Their work will enhance and support schemes that promote innovation
for example, the Young Enterprise Scheme, as well as careers advice and preparing young
people for the world of work.
The national programme is designed to motivate young people, help them to make more
informed choices and achieve against those choices in and out of school by increasing the
national coverage and effectiveness of employer-school interactions.
Engagement will be starting in schools and colleges in September with the money becoming
available to the Worcestershire LEP during 2015/16.
“I have always believed that connecting schools and businesses is vital to improve careers
advice and everybody benefits from real business people speaking directly to school pupils. I
am delighted that, having raised the need for this funding with the Department for Education,
they have now announced it is being supported by the new Careers Company. With youth
unemployment in Worcestershire already at an all-time low, this will further add to the life
chances of local young people.”
Gary Woodman, Executive Director of the Worcestershire LEP, said:
“To be included in the first wave of funding in this national scheme is fantastic news. This will
provide Worcestershire LEP with a fantastic opportunity to work with employers, schools and
colleges to further enhance skills locally.
“I would like to encourage all local businesses to take all opportunities to work with
educational organisations to help support the growth and development of our future
Cllr. Simon Geraghty, Deputy Leader of Worcestershire County Council and Cabinet
Member with Responsibility for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure, said:
“We are always working to provide the County’s future generations with the skills and work-
based experience required for a successful career and future. This funding complements the
County’s Connecting Schools and Businesses programme which seeks to give meaningful
work experience which directly links to companies in Worcestershire.”
Notes to Editors:
Further information can be found on the Careers & Enterprise Company website with links
on Worcestershire LEP’s website www.wlep.co.uk
Businesses can sign up to the Connecting Schools and Businesses today at