The CIPD has launched a national partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company to recruit 500 senior HR professionals to work with schools and help equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in a fast-moving labour market.
CIPD members will work with other senior business volunteers as part of the Enterprise Adviser Network, to help schools understand the local labour market and develop a whole school careers education strategy.
Announcing the partnership,Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, said:“Far too often we hear about young people who leave school unprepared for the challenges of working life or are unaware of the opportunities. We know that one way to overcome these barriers, and help bridge the gap between education and work, is to ensure that young people receive good quality and sustained careers education, information and guidance throughout their time at school.
“As HR professionals, with an understanding of current and future labour market opportunities and challenges, experienced CIPD members are well placed to volunteer for the role of Enterprise Adviser. They will work closely with schools to map out their approaches to building better careers advice and guidance, and I am confident they will have a great deal to offer to the schools they are matched with.”