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Call for business leaders to support our schools

Would you like to pass your business skills onto the next generation?

Sheffield City Council is looking for more business leaders to become “Enterprise Advisers” and work with schools, to provide career advice and business expertise.

During the last year, 80 Enterprise Advisers have been working with 80 secondary schools and colleges across South Yorkshire, including 27 Sheffield schools and colleges.

The Enterprise Advisers programme for Sheffield City Region bridges the gap between education and work, and promotes the skills needed by the workforce of the future.

The council now wants to extend this service to all schools, so more business leaders are wanted to offer their expertise.

Over the past year Sheffield Enterprise Advisers have:

  • organised 24 mentors from local businesses to support children from Stocksbridge school
  • organised a visit from business leaders at King Edwards where school children had to guess their jobs.
  • organised for year 9 pupils from Springs Academy to attend a full council meeting and meet with local councillors to find out more about the workings of local government

 

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “Business leaders have been doing a fantastic job working with our schools. I know our schools place a great deal of value in this work with businesses and the direct contact they have with students.

“It is really important that our students are involved in activities beyond the classroom and gain experience of the world of work.”

 

To find out how to become an Enterprise Adviser visit www.enterpriseadviserscr.org.uk or contact Mike Garnock-Jones at mike.garnock-jones@sheffield.gov.uk for more information.

 

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