As the Enterprise Coordinator for Broxtowe, Gedling, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe, Graham on behalf of NGi attended the Careers and Enterprise Company annual “Joining the Dots” Conference in Sheffield. The Event took place at the ‘English Institute for Sport’ to a national audience numbering between 800-900 people from across the education, business and skills sectors.
Now in its second year, the “Joining the Dots” conference is a celebration of how the Company and its partners are working together to help young people into the fast-changing world of work.
Delegates attended sessions on everything from raising aspirations in schools and effective employer engagement to inclusive encounters for all young people and mentoring. A series of interactive sessions on how delegates could help shape the discussion around encounters and careers leadership in schools also took place.
Speakers at the conference included Christine Hodgson, Chair of the Careers & Enterprise Company, Josh Hardie, Deputy Director-General for Policy and Campaigns, CBI, Carl Ward, incoming President of the Association of School and College Leaders, Judith Doyle, Gateshead College Principal and CEO, Professor Sir John Holman, Senior Education Adviser to the Gatsby Foundation and Olympic medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle MBE.
Senior business volunteers and careers and enterprise organisations were also recognised for their role in inspiring and preparing young people for the world of work at the Company’s first ‘Joining the Dots’ Awards which shines a light on best practice up and down the country.
The employer categories acknowledged both large and small to medium employers (SME) who provide strategic support to schools and colleges, creating long-lasting relationships and enabling meaningful workplace encounters for young people.
The regional categories recognised best practice through the Company’s 1,600-strong Enterprise Adviser Network who “join the dots” between schools and colleges, employers and providers, supported by Enterprise Coordinators and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Locally the winner was The Evolve Trust/D2N2 LEP with The Brunts Academy in Mansfield.
The event provided us with a fresh perspective and new tools to tackle the role. A personal favourite has to be the young people who spoke on the impact that good careers education has had on their lives already. Evidence that when we get it right everybody benefits.