Young people today experience a completely different economy and labour market than previous generations. They are likely to have multiple careers with various employers, ranging from global multinationals to small and micro employers and are more likely than ever before to run their own business.

With an increasing number of local employers recognising the need to recruit young people into their industries, there are now more opportunities than ever to get an insight into some of Northamptonshire’s most exciting and innovative companies. Many employers are keen to support education by providing relevance to the curriculum and enhance students' understanding of the opportunities open to them and the skills and attitudes required in the workplace.

There are many major industries in Northamptonshire that offer a variety of opportunities enabling young people to begin their careers in trainee roles as apprentices or graduates.

As major influencers of young people both teachers and parents have a role in ensuring our young people are as prepared as possible for the choices that lie ahead.

The Enterprise for All pilot in 2014/15 required NEP to sign-up a minimum of 12 secondary schools. Such was the level of enthusiasm in response to a call for expressions of interest, 18 Northamptonshire schools eventually lent their full commitment to the programme. Happily the pilot has now been extended for 15/16 with support from the New National Careers and Enterprise Company and further secondary schools will be part of the programme.

How it works

Enterprise Advisers are predominantly CEO’s, managing directors and human resource directors who provide insight into the local economy and employer needs. 

They are all from local companies operating within a wide range of industries and sectors including banking, finance, law, logistics, training, care and manufacturing. They have all committed to support the programme by sharing a wealth of experience and industry advice and by promoting it to other employers and organisations within their networks.

Advisers are working with the senior leadership teams in schools to ensure a strategy is in place to strengthen the links between education and the world of work, encouraging career aspiration and self-confidence amongst students.

Contact Kerry Senatore to find out more about the programme.

To view our Newsletter click here.

National Careers Service – Inspiration Agenda

The National Careers Service is delivering a new service in Northamptonshire called Careers Inspiration. The purpose is to provide information and guidance to schools to inform them of the range of services that are available to inspire young people in making career decisions and preparing for the world of work.

In particular, the inspiration service connects employers and schools to support them in developing partnerships so that students have far greater engagement with the local economy and understand the requirements of local employers.

Modern careers guidance is as much about inspiration and aspiration as it is about advice. Sustained and varied contacts with employer networks, FE colleges, higher education institutions, mentors, coaches and alumni can motivate pupils to think beyond their immediate experiences and encourage them to consider a broader and more ambitious range of future education and career options.

Find out more about the labour market in Northamptonshire.

To invite an inspirer to your school, please complete the short form by clicking here.

Open Doors

Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnerships Open Doors 2016 is a programme where Northamptonshire Businesses Open their Doors to groups of secondary school students, offering tours of their workplace and presentations to help Northamptonshire's young people gain a greater understanding of a variety of industry's and job roles within the county.

Companies that signed up to offer these unique opportunities for schools included;

- Scott Bader Ltd
- Church's Shoes
- Galliford Try
- Knights of Old and many more

To request a bespoke industry visit contact Kerry Mainwaring


Apprenticeship Ambassadors 

Northamptonshire now has a great group of confident apprentices that can come into schools to talk to young people about their roles and life as an apprentice. Contact the NEP Job Broker team for more information. You can now meet our Apprentice Ambassadors, click here



Poster campaign up and running in schools 

A range of Love Bright Futures promotional material is now available for use in schools - these include posters and fliers, or even desktop wallpaper for your schools estate of PCs and information screens. Please contact NEP to arrange a delivery for your school.

Alternatively click here to download a zip file of resources.


"Tycoon in Schools 2015" has launched 

Following the success of the project in 2014, this years Tycoon in Schools competition has been launched - again backed by Dragons Den's Peter Jones. The competition could see business minded students in your school eligible for a small loan towards a business idea. 

Find out more on the competition here.

Teacher Training Resource

On June 8th, teachers from across the county, the National Careers Service, NEP and businesses from a variety of sectors, came together to discuss the changing face of the local workforce, the opportunities presented to young people and the challenges to be met in equipping young people with the relevant skills and experience they need. 

An edited hour-long version of the conference is now available below for schools to deliver as part of their basic CPD for teachers across all subject areas and year groups.



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