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On Friday 11th October, CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and The Careers & Enterprise Company won The Best Association Partnership Award at The Association Excellence Awards 2019 for The Enterprise Adviser Programme. CIPD WInners partnership award

CIPD and The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) partnered to bridge the gap between employment and education. The Education and Employers charity reports young people who are exposed to four or more meaningful encounters with an employer while at school are 85% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and earn, on average, 16% more than peers who recall no such encounters.

CIPD works with The Careers & Enterprise Company to promote the Enterprise Adviser opportunity to senior level HR professionals. Volunteer Enterprise Advisers work with schools across England to shape their careers education strategy. Since 2016, CIPD has recruited 968 volunteer Enterprise Advisers from the HR profession, positively impacting over 300,000 young people.

Enterprise Advisers offer strategic support to school leadership teams to strengthen their provision of aspirational careers education. Young people (years 7-13) in schools and colleges benefit through facilitated employer encounters and better co-ordinated work experience.

Using existing local networks and industry contacts, EAs create closer links between schools and employers to inspire the next generation. Through CIPD’s networks more employers have engaged with the programme, helping to bring to life the world of work for the next generation, as well as making their own workplaces more accessible.

Peter Cheese, CEO of CIPD said:

I am very proud of our partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and our members who volunteer as Enterprise Advisers to support schools across UK - it is brilliant to have this recognition. Through our membership we have connected over 1,000 senior level people professionals who are directly influencing senior leadership teams in secondary schools to create better careers support for young people.

The partnership clearly supports our mission to champion better work and working lives and makes a positive contribution to building links between education and employers. This is a great achievement and exemplifies the positive contribution HR professionals can make to young people thinking about their futures.

Find our more about the awards: https://associationexcellenceawards.co.uk/