Berwick Academy bridging the gap between education and world of work

The Berwick Academy are working hard to bridge the gap between education and the world of work as part of an Enterprise Adviser Network.

Northumberland County Council is the first local authority in the North East to participate in the Enterprise Adviser Network, and initiative supported by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

The initiative brings together North East business leaders and school senior leadership teams to provide a framework for good careers guidance and to embed a more fit-for-purpose careers programme for pupils.

Cllr Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children's services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are delighted to be supporting The Berwick Academy to widen its careers engagement opportunities by working closely with local businesses in the surrounding area. This will build on the tremendous work already being carried out by the academy to expand the prospects of our pupils.”

Denis Heany, Enterprise Co-ordinator at North East LEP, said: “We are thrilled to have Northumberland County Council involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network. Over 120 business professionals across the LEP area have committed to working in partnership with schools and colleges to bridge the gap between education and business.

“Effective and meaningful employer engagement is an essential part of careers education. It gives employers the chance to highlight the great business opportunities available in the North East, whilst at the same time working with careers leads in education to ensure young people understand and are aware of the skills, attitudes and behaviours required to successfully progress into the world of work.”

Sarah Flanagan, head of sixth form at The Berwick Academy, added: "Berwick Academy is delighted to be working with our colleagues at Northumberland County Council, as we seek to strengthen and enhance our links with employers for the benefit of our students. The wide range of career pathways available at NCC makes them an employer of choice for many of our students. 

We are committed to growing the number of our students moving onto high quality apprenticeships, and we really value the support of an organisation which shares our aims."

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is responsible for promoting and developing economic growth in local authority areas in the North East England. 
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