11th May 2016 saw the Careers and Enterprise Company’s first annual conference in Liverpool which provided an opportunity for schools, colleges and employers to meet, exchange idea, share best practice and views on how to best inspire and prepare young people for their futures. It was a great opportunity to see the wider network in action and understand how Bucks Skills Hub and our own Enterprise Adviser network fits in to this.
With over 550 delegates including schools, colleges, local authorities, LEPs and a range of employers representing a variety of sectors including BAE Systems, Balfour Beatty, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Rolls Royce, the Premier League as well as our very own Klaus Alion and Tomasz Pulakski it provided an excellent chance to link with colleagues outside of Buckinghamshire and see how fast the network is growing. Nationally the network is now live in 36 out of 39 LEP areas, with 60 Enterprise Coordinators in post, and 600 schools and 400 Enterprise Advisers signed up.
There were key note speeches from the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Sir John Holman of the Gatsby Foundation, Lord David Young, author of Enterprise for All and Christine Hodgson, Chairman of the Careers and Enterprise Company. These served as timely reminders of the critical importance of the work we are doing with schools locally and how high on the government’s agenda this is.
You can see the highlights from the day by clicking here:
There is also a Storify made up of posts from the event: