Last Tuesday, I felt privileged to be invited to the celebration of two years of the Enterprise Advisor Network at Kidzania in London. The Network is run by the Careers and Enterprise Company and connects schools and colleges with employers.
The network is based on evidence that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training (NEET), and can earn up to 18% more during their career.
It was great to hear all the great work that is being done by the network and to get a glimpse at the State of the Nation 2017 report. In particular, the recommendation for schools to start early (e.g. Year 7) was great to hear, as KS3 is the age that Solutions for the Planet works with.
As impressive, was the location of the event. It was held at Kidzania in London, an indoor city run by children. The afternoon’s talks were held in a variety of unique and interesting settings, including a British Airways cockpit and a Cadbury factory. It was also great to see students from local West London schools taking active parts in testing out careers as firefighters, policemen, and broadcasters, to name a few.
Written by: Charlotte Hosier, S4TP Programme Coordinator, South East
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