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.


Robin said:

“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

Businesses can sign up to the Connecting Schools and Businesses today at