New school-business links in Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 10:53 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:53 01 March 2016

Jay Wheeler of Red Potato has signed up as a mentor

Jay Wheeler of Red Potato has signed up as a mentor

Gary Perlmutter 2012

A key Welwyn Garden City-based business support organisation has launched a new programme to forge links between employers and the world of education.

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a government-funded body based in Bessemer Road, is encouraging businesses. schools and colleges to join the county branch of its Careers & Enterprise Company.

Employers in Hertfordshire will work with school leaders to connect their lessons with work opportunities, act as role models, and provide access to work environments.

So far, schools that have signed up include Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield,and Stanborough and Sr Fredric Osborn in WGC.

Local employers who have shown interest include online supermarket Ocado and Affinity Water, both based in Hatfield,

Jay Wheeler, director of Hatfield market research company Red Potato, one of the first to sign up as a mentor, said: “This is a great opportunity for Red Potato to inspire local students about the exciting range of career options. As a market research company, engagement with the local community is really important to our business.

“The young people of today are the employees and customers of tomorrow, so it is essential for businesses to share their expertise and insight with schools.”

Angela Manley, careers advisor of Onslow St Audrey’s School, said: “We are excited to collaborate with The Careers & Enterprise Company.

“We will use this opportunity to further inspire and prepare our young people for the fast changing world of work, by connecting with businesses and employers in our local community.

“This will help give them further confidence to achieve their full potential in following the career they choose to pursue.”

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