The EBP secures almost £75,000 from Careers & Enterprise Company

The EBP has secured almost £75,000 worth of investment from the Careers & Enterprise Company to support young people in Northamptonshire.

The investment will help The EBP, a social enterprise developing the skills of young people, scale up its careers and enterprise programme to help young people make the transition from education to the world of work.

In total, the government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company will distribute funding worth £5million to 50 organisations across the country, supporting 160,000 pupils as part of its latest Investment Fund.

Verity Timmins, Head of Business Growth at The EBP said: “We are delighted to be working with the Careers & Enterprise Company to inspire and prepare year 7 and 8 students in Northamptonshire through enterprise, employability and career focussed activities, delivered in conjunction with key local businesses.”

Education Secretary Justine Greening said: “Good careers advice is vital in inspiring and helping young people to make smart, informed choices about their futures – whether that’s going off to university, starting an apprenticeship or kick starting a career.

“The Careers & Enterprise Company has reached out to thousands of young people to give them advice and support to ensure there are no limits to their potential. It’s great to see the programmes continue to take shape across the country and positively impact young lives.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of the Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “I am delighted we have been able to invest £5million to scale up proven careers and enterprise programmes in areas of need, focussing on careers and enterprise ‘cold spots’.

“Our first fund has delivered ahead of schedule to provide careers and enterprise support to more than 250,000 young people including 170,000 new STEM encounters with business. It has also engaged 3,000 new employers working with young people for the first time.

“The best research shows that young people who have four or more encounters with the world of work while in education are 86% less likely to be NEET - not in education, employment or training - and on average will go on to earn 18% more than their peers who did not have such opportunities. So we know this funding is making a real difference to employment outcomes for young people and the future of our economy.”

For more information about the Careers & Enterprise Company’s Investment Fund visit www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/investment

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