Case Study: Enterprise Adviser – Dave Powell, Thrive Creative

Case Study: Enterprise Adviser – Dave Powell, Thrive Creative

The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is a national initiative that connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers; and is based on evidence that if a young person has four or more encounters with an employer, they are 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training.

Why did you decide to get involved in the EAN?

In our sector, creative and digital, there is a real shortage of people with the relevant skills and experience to add value in an agency environment. Being based in Cheshire East means we often lose out to the pull of Manchester and even London, due to the misconception there’s no opportunity to do great work for great brands in the region. I’m involved with a number of initiatives to champion the region, and saw that becoming an EA would complement them.

Why do you think it is important to work with schools to increase local business involvement in careers education for young people?

I think it’s vital that young people leave school in a position where they’re ‘work ready’. In my view, this will only happen if employers are prepared to invest in the people that may be their future employees.

What does being an EA involve?

Put simply; the investment of a little time. I now better understand the pressures on teachers to ensure students achieve good grades – but it’s refreshing to see that they appreciate that’s only part of preparing people for the world outside education.

What are you most looking forward to in the programme?

I’m currently working with Congleton High School to arrange a careers day event. The plan is to have local employers offering CV and interview advice, a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch workshop, and to also give businesses a chance to promote themselves. It should be fun!

For more information on the EAN, or to join the scheme, please contact Sam Norfolk: sam.norfolk@skillsandgrowth.co.uk

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