The Careers & Enterprise Company announced the successful recipients of its £1.5 million Opportunity Area Fund which is invested in programmes across the second wave of Opportunity Areas including Ipswich and surrounding areas to help thousands of young people in the region prepare for the fast-changing world of work.
The funding was allocated to programmes that can demonstrate their effectiveness in working with the young people in greatest need of support and follows on from the first wave of funding in 2016.
In total, the investment will support 21 organisations across the country delivering tried and tested programmes to over 143,000 young people that focus on careers and enterprise activities, including work experience, enterprise education, volunteering and skills development.
This comes at a time when careers provision is in the spotlight with the government launching their Careers Strategy in December 2017 and an emphasis on schools to ensure they are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. This funding will help schools and colleges in the local area address gaps in their careers and enterprise provision and ensure that young people have access to the employer encounters they need to prepare for their futures.
One of the successful recipients of the fund is Connect Education and Business that works across Suffolk to provide Work experience and STEM activities.
CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, Claudia Harris, commented: “I am delighted that we have been able to invest £1.5 million to support proven careers and enterprise programmes across the second wave of Opportunity Areas.
The Opportunity Areas remain a primary focus in our ongoing work to tackle social mobility. Since the launch of the first Opportunity Areas Fund we have launched our Cornerstone Employer initiative which now has over 50 businesses working to ensure that young people are fully prepared for the world of work. With young people needing at least one employer encounter per year whilst still at schools or college, this funding will go a long way to helping providers and schools prepare them for their futures.”