Enterprise Advisers from the Suffolk branch of multinational recruitment agency Adecco have won a national award for their work connecting Suffolk schools and colleges with the world of work.
Adecco’s team of Enterprise Advisers – part of the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network – won the large employer category at the Careers and Enterprise Company’s ‘Joining the Dots’ awards ceremony in Sheffield earlier this month.
Adecco were nominated by the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network for the way in which they had committed several members of local staff to the Enterprise Adviser programme as well as starting to work with students from the Foundation Learning Department of Ipswich College Suffolk One. Adecco have also committed to work across all their national branches with the Careers and Enterprise Company [CEC] by providing Enterprise Advisers to schools.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network works to connect senior, local business leaders with senior leaders in local schools and colleges. It aims to help motivate and inspire young people, as well as improve their work prospects. Advisers bring their wealth of knowledge and experience of the world of work to help develop a comprehensive action plan for young people between 11 and 18 years old.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, as part of the wider national work of the Careers and Enterprise Company.
Peter Page, Regional Manager at Adecco, said: “Our partnership with the New Anglia Enterprise Advisor Network has been going from strength to strength over the past 12 months, a partnership founded on mutual values, easy communication channels and a desire to make a difference in supporting the UK’s next workforce generation and beyond. Adecco have always been passionate about supporting students with their career options; we lead the way with our global ‘Way to Work’ days and CEO of the month initiatives which shines the spot light on developing those all-important softer skills to compliant academic qualifications. The CEC network has created the platform that enables Adecco to share their recruitment toolkit expertise with those in education, alongside bringing together local clients to act as mentors and inspire the next generation. Adecco is proud to work with the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and the CEC across the UK”.
Jacqui Phipps, Careers and Enterprise Lead for Suffolk County Council, said: “Our local Adecco colleagues have been longstanding supporters of the work in schools with their ‘Way to Work’ programme and resources. When approached to become part of the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, they saw this as a great opportunity to formalise this approach both locally and nationally. Their support has gone from strength to strength – they now have a national framework for all their branches, as well as four Enterprise Advisers starting to work in Suffolk. They are also backing Suffolk’s ‘SENDsational’ campaign as they proactively work to open their doors to our SEND [Special Educational Needs and Disability] students to help this group also benefit from the input that the agency and their huge network of employers can bring”.