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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Permanent Secretary Alex Chisholm shared his career journey and insights for the world of work, before hearing about the aspirations of Year 10 pupils at Barnhill Community High School today.

Alex Chisholm met teachers and pupils at one of the schools in The Careers & Enterprise Company’s rapidly growing Enterprise Adviser Network. During an assembly with 135 pupils Alex shared his career path and highlighted the importance of quality experiences with employers as key for helping students to prepare for the fast-changing jobs market. He also gave pupils a unique insight into the many and varied career paths in the civil service.

Alex said:

“It was a pleasure to meet Barnhill’s Year 10s and hear first-hand how they are preparing for exciting careers in business and industry.

“From my own time working in business, and from my daily interactions with businesses in my role at the Department, I know how interesting and satisfying enterprise can be.

“Having seen today the work that The Careers & Enterprise Company do with schools and employers to create opportunities for young people, I would encourage more businesses to get involved and play a pivotal role in nurturing the country’s future talent.”

Careers counsel for schools and colleges

Barnhill Community High School is part of the Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network which works with half of the country’s schools and colleges. Enterprise Advisers (senior business volunteers) provide strategic counsel to the leadership team of their partner school or college, support the development of employer engagement plans and help to strengthen connections with local businesses.

Mr Mayne, Head of School, said:

"As educators, we have a moral responsibility to give our young people high quality experiences which will help them to understand the world in which they live and their future opportunities. Working in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and focusing on careers relating to business and economics is a critical step in preparing them for future life in our rapidly changing world." 

Ismail, a pupil at the school, said:

“Being able to visit and speak to employers and a careers advisor at school has been really important to me. It has helped me to open up my views on different pathways for the future. Visiting and speaking to employers, in school and out, gives me something to aspire to. I can see how to make my dreams a reality."

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

“It is inspiring to see the impact that this visit has had on the pupils who spent the afternoon with Alex Chisholm, gaining a unique insight about his responsibilities in Government at the most senior level.

“Barnhill Community High is just one of more than 1,700 schools benefiting from our Enterprise Advisers who are doing fantastic work with school and college leaders across the country to connect pupils with local employers.

“The evidence is clear - young people who have four or more encounters with the world of work are 86% less likely to be NEET than those that don’t. I look forward to working with more civil servants and public officials across the country to bridge the gap between education and employment.”

The Careers & Enterprise Company works in partnership with Team London and Mayor’s Fund for London to deliver the Enterprise Adviser Network in the capital.

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