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FSB gets to work with the SEMLEP Enterprise Adviser programme

Branch Chairman of FSB Bedfordshire, Ian Cording, has taken on the role of volunteer Enterprise Adviser for Greys Education Centre in Kempston, an alternative provision academy providing for pupils of statutory school age who are ill, permanently excluded or need extra support through their partnership programme.

School’s such as this, which provide support for young people who do not thrive in mainstream education, understand how important it is that their students get the right help with careers and enterprise education. 
 
He joins FSB’s Development Manager, Caron Kendall, who is also an Enterprise Adviser for Harlington Upper School in Central Bedfordshire. 
 
The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national network that connects schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers to work together to create meaningful encounters with the world of work for young people.

It is a programme developed by the Careers and Enterprise Company, set up by Government to improve employability in schools and colleges. In Bedfordshire (including Luton), Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes the programme is delivered by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).   
 
Ian Cording said:  “I am really looking forward to this opportunity. My members tell me that one of the main problems they face in recruiting young people is that they can be ill prepared for the workplace. It is even more important to help young people who have faced challenges in school, to find employment and fulfil their potential. That is why I have agreed to help improve the delivery of careers and enterprise education at Greys Education Centre.”
 
He continued:  “Not only is it important for business, but for young people as well. It is crucial that they come out of school having engaged with the world of work either through mentoring, work experience, workplace visits or employer talks. I am here to try and help plan this for the school.” 
 
Peter Rayner, who is an Enterprise Coordinator for SEMLEP, said:  “Research has shown us that the more encounters that young people have with employers whilst at school or college, the easier they will find it to adapt to working life. We need more business leaders like Ian to help expand this important work in more schools across Bedfordshire and the wider region.”
 
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Enterprise Adviser, Peter can be contacted on peter.rayner@semlep.com or by calling 07568 428159.