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Kent Enterprise Adviser Network

Kent County Council’s Skills and Employability Service and the West Kent Partnership were awarded part funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company for Enterprise Coordinators who will broker links between schools/colleges and businesses. The purpose of the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and schools and colleges in their area in order to close the gaps in enterprise education, whilst increasing young people’s access to a wide range of employer engagements and activities.

Read more here.

Join The Enterprise Adviser Network
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Help inspire and prepare the young people of Kent for the world of work. As business leaders you will be an Enterprise Adviser (EA) working closely with a school’s senior leadership team to strategically to enhance the school’s enterprise and employer engagement strategy and activities. This is an opportunity for you to use your knowledge of the world of work to make a lasting positive impact on the futures of young people. The network will develop young people’s preparedness for the workplace. Contact Munya or Simon to find out more.

Good Career Guidance Benchmarks
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Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. In 2013 the Gatsby Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks. Here is a summary of the Gatsby Benchmarks (PDF, 254.7 KB).

Enterprise Advisers
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Meet some of our Enterprise Advisers in Kent. Photos taken at a Careers and Enterprise Company celebration event at Kidzania, London.

New Statutory Guidance - Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers
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Following the launch of the Careers Strategy at the Career Development Institute (CDI) annual conference in December 2017, the Statutory Guidance - January 2018 has been released and fully incorporates the careers strategy. The Careers Strategy makes reference to the Industrial Strategy published at the end of November. It also states the new duty for schools to allow access to all students from years 8 to 13, for providers of training and further education.

From September 2018 the Careers and Enterprise Company will have responsibility for helping schools achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks. The key points from the strategy again;

  1. The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) will now have responsibility for helping schools to achieve all eight Gatsby Benchmarks, a task made easier by the government’s determination to ensure that all Secondary schools appoint a Careers Leader by September 2018. Careers Leaders will:
    • Have the appropriate skills and experience
    • Be sufficiently senior to lead implementation of all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks
    • Have buy-in from the Governors and the Senior Leadership team
    • Work with subject teachers across the school so that careers provision is embedded within the curriculum.
  2. By January 2018;
    • Schools and colleges should use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, as set out in new statutory guidance. To evaluate careers activity against best practice, the CEC, in partnership with Gatsby Charitable Foundation has developed Compass, a free to use toolkit
    • Schools must give providers of technical education and apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to all pupils (Benchmark 7).
  3. By September 2018;
    • Job specification and standards for Careers Leaders developed (the CEC is involved here) and started to be used by schools and colleges
    • A named Careers Leader should lead the careers programme in every school and college
    • The CEC will begin to take on a broader role across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks
  4. During 2018 and 2019;
    • CEC triples number of Cornerstone Employers to 150 across England
    • CEC will provide tools to help schools and colleges meet the Gatsby Benchmarks
  5. By the end of 2020;
    • All schools and colleges will have access to an Enterprise Adviser.
    • Schools should offer every student seven encounters with employers - at least one per year from year 7 to year 13.

For information please read:

  1. Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents - December 2017
  2. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff - January 2018

Questions? Please read The Careers Strategy - CEC

CEC’s 'State of the Nation 2017’ Report
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This report on careers and enterprise gives the most comprehensive picture to date of schools’ provision. Nearly 600 schools in England took part in the research by using our ‘Compass’ tool which enables schools to anonymously evaluate how well they are doing against the Gatsby benchmarks, the internationally recognised eight good practice benchmarks of careers provision. These include providing students with first-hand experience of the workplace, linking curriculum learning with the world of work and the use of local labour market information to tailor careers strategy and planning. Read the State of the Nation 2017 report.

Geek Lab - Free Digital Skills event for KS3 students
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Aimed at KS3 students who have not yet formulated career ideas in digital sector, this hands-on and fun-filled inspiration event encourages students to participate in wide range of activities. Register by 18 January 2018 to bring up to 30 Key Stage 3 students. Choose to attend morning or afternoon sessions at Dreamland Margate on either 7 or 8 February 2018.

See Geek Lab 2018 Poster (PDF, 224.2 KB) for information, and share with colleagues.

The Big Bang at Discovery Park (Kent and Medway Secondary schools only)
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The Big Bang at Discovery Park is a free education event organised by The STEM Hub, (part of Canterbury Christ Church University) the aim of inspiring a love of STEM subjects.

The format of the event ensures every student will have access to a range of ‘hands-on’ experiences including interactive exhibits and workshops, talks run by local companies and organisations.

Booking and other information can be found here

The Big Bang Fair
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Register now for the Big Bang Fair South East 2018.

When - Wednesday 27 and 28 June 2018

Where - South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL

The Big Bang Fair South East 2018 is now open for registrations. With 9,000 students and teachers attending last year, we have opened up the event for two days:

  • Wednesday 27 June (individuals, school and college group visitors and the Big Bang Competition)
  • Thursday 28 June (individuals, school and college group visitors only)

Registration is now open for the regional heat of the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition. It is open to 9 to 19 year olds to enter projects they complete as part of their school work, STEM clubs, or at home. On the day winners will receive prizes, attend the award ceremony and then go through to the national final, held at The NEC, Birmingham.

Watch this video for a snippet of what happened in summer of 2017.

If you have any questions about the Big Bang programme or the Big Bang Competition, please email

The Big Bang Fair South East is organised by STEM Sussex, the STEM outreach department at the University of Brighton. The headline sponsor for the second year is Gatwick Airport Limited.

Year of Engineering made easy
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2018 is the Year of Engineering. Get your pupils involved for free with the Primary Engineer and Secondary Engineer Leaders Award.

The Primary Engineer (PDF, 340.4 KB) and Secondary Engineer (PDF, 333.4 KB) Leaders Award is a free competition for all year groups in Primary, Secondary and Further Education where pupils interview engineers and design solutions to problems they have identified in response to the question, ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’

  • Meet and interview engineers
  • Great for literacy
  • Design, creativity and ingenuity combined with problem solving
  • Two winners per year group
  • Winners invited to awards event with their family and teacher
  • Shortlisted and winning designs shown in a public exhibition at University of Southampton and Winchester Science Centre
  • One winning design selected by University of Southampton to be made.

Register now at the Leaders Award website

Deadline for entries: 29 March 2018

For more info contact

Compass Careers Benchmark Tool
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The improved and now much simpler to use Compass helps school or colleges evaluate your careers activity against best practice. The evaluation is based on the well-known Gatsby Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

The free to use tool was created by the Careers and Enterprise Company in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Find out about Compass In 70 Seconds and logon to the School Hub to begin evaluating your careers activities. Schools in the Enterprise Adviser Network will also be able to access Tracker, a careers planning tool. Find out about Tracker in 90 Seconds

Apprenticeships Live Broadcasts
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The ‘Apprenticeships Live’ schedule of upcoming broadcasts has now been made available, with the likes of the BBC, Capgemini, TUI, IBM, Specsavers, Gatwick Airport and various other employers participating and discussing their apprenticeship schemes in the coming months. Join in live with your students or watch the recording at a more convenient time. Register and join Apprenticeships Live Broadcasts now.

New Apprenticeships recruitment film
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Are you having trouble explaining some of the new methods of apprenticeship recruitment to your students?

Check out a brand-new film to hear what some of the new styles might entail and how best to prepare your students.

Apprenticeship Recruitment Methods from Amazing Apprenticeships on Vimeo.

Engineering Hub wins £6m government funding
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A vision to create a new engineering, science and technology centre for Kent and Medway, boosting regional business and economic growth, has been given the seal of approval by the Government. The announcement enables Canterbury Christ Church University to move forward with its plans to work with local businesses to develop a new curriculum that will attract a broader range of applicants to engineering and technology, which will help to address the recruitment and innovation challenges that are holding back regional economic growth and investment.

Read the full article here.

Government Response to the First Joint Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees of Session 2016–17
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In June 2016, Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees published and submitted their first joint report to government. The sub-committee set out five key areas the due-to-be-published Careers Strategy should concentrate.

The Government has now responded to the Committee’s report, where many of the recommendations are welcomed and acknowledged. The Government also acknowledges the ‘excellent’ work of the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Read the Government’s Report here

West Kent EAN Bulletin
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The West Kent EAN Bulletin for January 2018 (PDF, 282.2 KB) is now available.

Previous editions of the West Kent EAN Bulletin:

Contact Details
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Munya Badze

Simon Harris