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.
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 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.