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The Careers & Enterprise Company has launched a new group to support the organisations it helps fund. More than 50 people from 35 organisations attended the launch of the Company’s fund community in Birmingham.

The community, made up of the government-backed Company’s fund beneficiaries, provides a space in which members can test ideas and learn best practice based on shared knowledge and influential research.

This was the first in a series of events for organisations who have secured funds from the Company’s £5 million Careers and Enterprise Fund. The fund, launched last year, also includes £4.5million in match funding for proven programmes.

Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research at Education and Employers Taskforce, spoke to the group about his latest research on employer engagement. He presented findings of young adult’s recollections and perceptions on how schools and colleges prepared them for the world of work while linking this to human, social and cultural capital.

Careers support continues to reach more young people

Two of the fund beneficiaries also talked about how their work supports young people. Rachel Solomon from Global Generation, a charity which works primarily with young people, businesses and families in King’s Cross, spoke about nurturing business engagement with company’s such as Eurostar, Google and The Guardian. Jessica Gregson from Think Forward, a charity that seeks to intervene early with young people at risk of becoming NEET, spoke about how they measure the impact of their five-year programme.

Thomas Graham, Chief Investment and Strategy Officer at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to work with our fund beneficiaries, not just to reach more young people and ensure they have meaningful employer encounters, but to add to the evidence base of what works for young people in today’s fast moving careers landscape. We look forward to continuing to support them through our new fund community.”