Summary of local context

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership has identified the following priorities vis-à-vis the Employment & Skills for the next 4 years:

  • Skills and Workforce Planning – increasing apprenticeships; developing graduate level opportunities and increasing private sector investment in skills.
  • Strengthening the relationship between schools and businesses – Building a clear picture of skills required and increasing opportunities created under academy status.
  • Increasing Employability – Addressing Youth unemployment; building better mechanisms to identify job opportunities and support local recruitment; and helping small businesses recruit.

 

Key sectors and employers in the region

Key Sectors:

  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Defence and Security
  • Food / Horticulture
  • ICT
  • Environmental Technology
  • Tourism & Leisure

Key Employers:

  • Worcester Bosch
  • Yamazaki Mazak
  • QinetiQ
  • Thomas Vale
  • Sanctuary Housing
  • Speller Metcalfe
  • Public Sector – County Council, District Councils, NHS, Colleges and University of Worcester

 

Existing programmes or activity in the area

Since 2012, the Worcestershire LEP has specifically focussed on and developed many delivery mechanisms to create workforce for the future.  The activities have been focussed around three key areas to raise awareness of young people and providing them a practical taste of world of work; primarily:

  • Working with employers to generate quality work experience opportunities to offer for Worcestershire’s high schools students
  • Improving the communications and interactions between schools and businesses
  • Providing mechanisms to support schools and young people in careers advice.

 

Summary of local project

Worcestershire  LEP already has Enterprise Coordinators in place so the Worcestershire’s Careers and Enterprise Programme will  commence sooner rather than later . The programme  will be initiated as a pilot scheme and will initially engage with 6 x main schools and 2 x special schools.  The following activities will form part of the pilot:

  • Development of a NEW Worcestershire Focused Careers web site and the creation of a short Careers film to support the delivery of careers advice in schools
  • CAREERS EVENTS: Our network of Enterprise Advisors and partner organisations will aim to deliver 4 x smaller district level careers events and 1 x large "Skills Show" to be held during National Careers week in 2016.
  • APPRENTICESHIPS: The programme will link in with the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Programme and Enterprise Advisors / Apprenticeships Champions will deliver "Apprenticeship awareness workshops" within the target schools.
  • SPEAKERS FOR SCHOOLS: A network of business leaders will deliver "Industry Awareness talks and workshops within schools
  • ONLINE CAREERS TOOLS: Enterprise Advisors will promote to schools the range of "Careers Tools" already available to their students.
  • PROMOTING WORK EXPERIENCE: Enterprise Advisors will work with schools to help support and develop their current work experience programmes.
  • COMPANY VISITS / TOURS: Large employers will provide site visits and tours for groups of students to help raise awareness of the varied roles available to them within our "Key Growth Sectors"
  • YOUNG ENTERPRISE COMPETITION – Supporting schools to participate in Young Enterprise and organising Young Enterprise Finals
  • MAIN SCHOOL/SPECIAL SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT – aim to increase student engagement with all the Connecting Schools and Business Programme’s tools and Career events. Enterprise Advisors to promote registration sessions for students.

 

Key stats

  • 32% employers offering work experience
  • 15% employers offering work inspiration
  • 24% 17-18 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 33% 16 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 6.8% 16-17 year olds NEET
  • 4% 18 year olds on apprenticeships
  • 27% A-levels that are STEM
  • 40% of STEM A-level taken by women
  • 59% pupils 5A*-C GCSEs
  • 11% pupils on Free School Meals

 

Organisations funded

St Helens Chamber
Engineering Development Trust
Founders4Schools
WorldSkills UK

Worcestershire

Contact:

Angela Tellyn
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Enterprise Coordinators:

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Matthew Tope

  • Alice Cook