Employers pledge to help young people in Blackpool prepare for world of work

BAE Systems and Sandcastle Waterpark have signed up to help young people in Blackpool prepare for the fast changing world of work.

The businesses have partnered with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’ in the Blackpool Opportunity Area. They will invest time and resources to support local schools and colleges with their careers education and with inspiring young people.

Young people who have regular, meaningful interactions with employers while at school are less likely to be NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) when they leave school.

The employers will work closely with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Lancashire Enterprise Adviser Network, coordinated locally by the LEP’s delivery partner Inspira, which is a network of volunteers from the world of business who are each matched to a local school to support their careers activity.  

Together they will ensure that all young people across the region have access to regular, meaningful engagement with employers and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.

BAE Systems and Sandcastle Waterpark will join a network of existing Cornerstone Employers in Blackpool which includes Westinghouse, Blackpool Transport, Civil Service North West and Lloyds Banking Group. Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved in supporting schools and colleges, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’. 

Claudia Harris, CEO at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“We are delighted to have BAE Systems and Sandcastle Waterpark committing to helping schools and colleges in Blackpool Opportunity Area. All young people deserve great careers education, to inspire them, support their aspirations and prepare them for the fast-changing world of work.”

Graham Cowley, LEP board member and Chair of the Blackpool Opportunity Partnership Board,  said: “The involvement of two more major employers further strengthens the excellent partnership between schools and business that we and our partners have created in Blackpool and Lancashire as a whole.

“This partnership helps local young people connect with the best job opportunities, thereby improving their aspirations and social mobility.

“Developing skills and boosting job prospects in the county’s workforce is an important part of the LEP’s ambitious and comprehensive strategy to transform Lancashire’s economy and support growth.”

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