D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network Monthly Update
February - March 2018
D2N2 LEP Updates    

How to get ahead of the game: The Careers Strategy and the D2N2 approach

We would like to invite Head Teachers, Careers Leaders, Enterprise Advisers and D2N2 Stakeholders from across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to an event which will provide an update to the Careers and Enterprise Company implementation of the Careers Strategy locally and nationally.  You will have the opportunity to see local examples of good practice  linked to the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, and SEND.

Register now!

The Riverside Centre | Riverside Court | DE24 8HY Derby | United Kingdom

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 from 14:00 to 17:30 (BST)

Volunteer it Yourself - Mentoring Programme Opportunities

A short update on VIY's-Volunteer it Yourself progress so far as part of the CEC mentoring programme. VIY are working in seven schools in the D2N2 LEP area with over 250 students from years 8-10 taking part in the three month programme. The programme has been going really well and the feedback from schools and young people is so positive VIY is returning to three of the same schools again for repeat programmes!
VIY  have capacity to work in more schools. Ideally, they are looking for three or four more schools to reach their target. Currently they are mainly focused in Derby and Derbyshire schools and they are keen to extend this to reach to a couple of schools across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.  If your school is interested in the VIY programme please contact Liam Jackson at D2N2 LEP and we can make the introduction (liam.jackson@d2n2lep.org). 
Take a look on the website for more details

Just what do "Meaningful Encounters" mean?

So many schools, enterprise advisers and enterprise coordinators have asked this question so we asked the Careers and Enterprise Company Regional Lead, Abdul Bathin for some clarity.

Reciting text from the Gatsby Foundation the following is the answer to a much asked question.

"Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter* with an employer.

A ‘meaningful encounter' is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace."

Gatsby - Good Career Guidance 2014

Want to know more? Click here

Young Professionals New App!

Young Professionals have recently launched a brand new tool available to all students across the UK that are looking for either an apprenticeship, training or a graduate role.

Dan Miller, CEO, said "Being 19 myself and having recently left school, I felt the opportunities that were out there for our generation were not greatly publicised and it was actually quite hard to figure out what was the best path to take."
"Utilising the latest technology, we have built and launched an employer resource platform and mobile application that is disrupting the traditional apprenticeship and graduate recruitment by allowing students to profile themselves to employers along with watching employer videos, viewing their company profiles and seeing all of the entry level roles you have to offer them."
The Young Professionals App also opens channels of direct communication with employee or trainee prospects. Students can upload their resumes, create a 'live' video profile to see a little more of their personality and communication skills, they can learn more about your vacancies and your company profile, they can apply, you can short list, respond, arrange interviews and communicate directly with them.
The link to download the app on both apple and google play store is here. 
iOS Link https://apple.co/2CqhDAa
Android Link http://bit.ly/2CpKXXB

Exploring Gender Differences in Careers Advice and Aspirations

As organisations which strive to give young people the best possible start in work and life, WorldSkills UK and the Careers & Enterprise Company partnered together to develop a better understanding of how gendered career stereotypes impact the career choices of young men and women. They did this with a view to facilitating a conversation among key influencers and conveyors of careers advice such as parents, teachers and careers advisers on how they can improve their approach in this area.

We strongly recommend this publication to get you thinking about challenging career stereotypes and supporting your discussion around gender differences in careers advice and aspirations in your schools and to building this into the school strategy.

Closing the Gender Gaps Publication

School Events, LMI and Resources? We got it covered!

The D2N2 schools website is a great source of information for you, as Enterprise advisers and for your schools. Please refer schools to the D2N2 schools site for supporting them to access LMI, Events for schools and their students and much more.

D2N2 Schools Website

Big Assembly Achieves over 30,000 Viewers

This is an amazing result and a credit to the work of EMAAN (East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network)
Well done for your part in it's success by sharing information with your networks and encouraging everyone to get behind The Big Assembly – we should all be giving ourselves a big back pat right now.
At peak there were 1061 individual log ins from 798 registrations; some schools used the same log in multiple times to deliver from a number of classrooms in the establishment.
18% of the audience were from the North, 64% from the Midlands, 5% from London, 12% from the South and 1% from Scotland.

Careers & Enterprise Company Updates    

Schools and Colleges Webinar

The CEC have been running a series of national briefings on the Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges. The CEC are hosting a webinar on Tuesday 27th March from 4pm – 5pm. Please share the link below with schools and colleges in your network.


Enterprise Advisers may also find this informative. Feel free to register yourself if you are interested.

New Information Available from Careers & Enterprise Company about Careers Leaders

A Careers Leader should be in place from September 2018.  Schools and colleges will need to have a named Careers Leader in place.

This is a named person responsible for running a careers programme. The CEC are working on providing more content, training opportunities and support soon.

The guide explains what a Careers Leader is and provides advice on identifying someone to fill the role. The guide includes key principles for developing the role and practical case studies from schools.

Find out more here

Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance : Requirements and expectations for schools.

The government’s new Careers Strategy was published in December 2017, followed by statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff in January 2018. To help you understand what this means in practice for your school, these are the key headlines and deliverables: 

Requirements and expectations for schools:

Social Media Update

The D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network twitter page has been active for nearly one month and has seen great engagement with employers and schools since. Having closed the D2N2 EAN linked In page last month (due to lack of activity) we decided to trial a twitter page instead as enterprise advisers in other LEP areas have found this a good way of communicating.

Please get your business to follow us - this is a good way of promoting the D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network and getting more employers and business leaders involved. The page has gained some great momentum over the last few weeks and it would be amazing to see that continue.

Follow us!

Join the Community

The Careers & Enterprise Company launched Workplace as a key channel for sharing news, information and best practice with you, our Enterprise Advisers. 
Workplace is an easy to use closed collaboration platform, brought to you by Facebook. It is a free tool for non-profit organisations, based on Facebook’s familiar features, yet specific to you and your work as an Enterprise Adviser. You do not need to have Facebook to use it and it does not link to any personal accounts you may have.
Within our closed Workplace site you can discuss projects, ask questions within your regional group and across the national network, receive company-wide news and instantly communicate with fellow volunteers and Enterprise Coordinators using (private) Workplace Messaging. 
Workplace is your space to connect with and learn from hundreds of volunteers and Enterprise Coordinators across the country, all preparing and inspiring young people for the world of work.  We hope that you sign up and find it a valuable community to be part of.
Next Steps:
  1. Email workplace@careersandenteprise.co.uk to request to join. We need your consent in order to register your name and email address, as you aren’t able to do this independently. (Please note there are no links between your personal Facebook account and Workplace. It is a separate website and app, requiring a separate log-in.)

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