To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many enterprise advisers her Department has appointed to work with (a) schools and (b) further edcuation colleges in England.
14 March 2016
The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) is a key part of our strategy to transform the provision of careers, enterprise and employer engagement for young people to inspire them and prepare them for the world of work.
We are funding the CEC to roll out and manage its Enterprise Adviser Network, which was launched in September 2015. Recruitment is ongoing and there are currently 58 Enterprise Coordinators working in 32 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), with 173 Enterprise Advisers working directly with schools and colleges to support their careers and enterprise provision. LEPs are prioritising schools and colleges using local knowledge and available data, including destinations data, level of employer engagement and apprenticeships take-up. The CEC is responsible for the administrative resources provided to the network.
In January, my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister announced an investment of £70 million in our careers strategy over this Parliament and confirmed that there will be continued funding for the CEC to build on the excellent work it has begun, embedding and further extending its projects already underway, including the Enterprise Adviser Network. We have not yet finalised how much will be spent each year or how it will be allocated.