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On Friday 27 April, we joined over 180 representatives from across business and education at the Barton Grange Hotel in Preston for the annual Lancashire Skills Conference which celebrated the success of the Enterprise Adviser Network across Lancashire.

The network, co-funded with Lancashire County Council and delivered by Inspira on behalf of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership's Skills & Employment Hub, has gone from strength to strength and now involves over 134 Enterprise Advisers, working directly with 122 Lancashire schools and colleges. 

In addition to celebrating the success of the network to-date, delegates were given an update about our ambitions for the future, and the core aims of the government’s current Careers Strategy from our CEO Claudia Harris.

Another major element of the event was the launch of the Lancashire Labour Market Intelligence Toolkit which was commissioned by the LEP and includes a new in-depth study of Lancashire’s recent employment performance together with projected demands for different jobs and skills across the county in the future.

LEP board director Graham Cowley, said:

“The LEP is a private sector-led organisation which works in partnership with the public sector to drive economic growth in the county. This includes supporting skills and careers initiatives through the Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub, which we fund.

 “The launch of the LEP’s labour market intelligence toolkit will help all partners identify the best future work opportunities for Lancashire students, directing them towards successful careers while also underpinning growth in the Lancashire economy.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

It was fantastic to be part of the Lancashire Skills Conference and to celebrate the strength and success of the Enterprise Adviser Network which is now operating in nearly all schools and colleges in the region.

“The network is made up of inspiring volunteers and individuals that work tirelessly to help connect young people with work experiences. We are working so that by 2020 every young people should have at least one workplace encounter from school years 7-13 and we are delighted to be collaborating with our partners the LEP and local authority in Lancashire and Inspira to help make this happen.”

Mark Bowman, Chief Executive from Inspira, said:

“The event was a real celebration of the success of the Enterprise Advisor Network in Lancashire. The enthusiasm of both employers and educators to create a lasting partnership is great to see. Inspira are delighted to work alongside Lancashire LEP and Careers and Enterprise Company to help grow the partnership.”


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