Over 200 schools, colleges, businesses and training providers will join forces this week to hear about the latest work to bridge the gap between young people and access to the world of work.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network’s Bridging The Gap conference will strengthen links between business and education to promote students’ employability, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
The event at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest, on Thursday (15th March) will showcase best practice in education and employer engagement, focusing on the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, the Network of East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (NEACO) and the Norwich and Ipswich Opportunity Areas.
All of these projects bring businesses and education closer together, helping young people gain access to the workplace and to work experience. The aim of the conference is to build on this success and share more ideas for collaboration.
Keynote speaker Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company, will talk about the national drive to ensure students have encounters with business in every year of secondary school.
Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, will give an overview of the regional skills agenda and Craig D’Cunha, Principal of Chantry Academy, will share a school’s perspective on business engagement.
As well as further discussions about entrepreneurship and the national careers strategy, delegates will take part in workshops on a wide range of topics.
The conference is organised by the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and sponsored by NEACO.