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The Careers and Enterprise Fund

Groundwork was involved in 'The Careers and Enterprise Fund' between April 2016 - September 2017, a programme that was created to increase the number of encounters young people have with employers while in education and provided them with the opportunity to develop their skills, build their confidence and ultimately helped them to progress into future employment. 

The programme provided:

Young people were offered the opportunity for one-to-one mentoring via a 'Careers Coach' who provided on-going, personal support and were enrolled in 'Enterprise Camp'; a unique mentoring and social action programme that inspired, instilled confidence and prepared young people for the future.

Enterprise camp logoThe 'Enterprise Camp' itself was a residential challenge designed to encourateamworkork, improve skills and confidence, and develop enterprising behaviours.

Local employers were involved – mentoring young people and supporting 'Dragons Den' competitions, provided meaningful employer encounters that develop career aspirations, widened horizons, and increased the understanding amongst young people about the attributes of valued employees and successful entrepreneurs.

The programme supported:

Groundwork supported and inspired young people aged 16-18 across Lancashire, Tees Valley and Sheffield who were not engaging with mainstream careers services.

The results were:

Survey results from young people who were enrolled in the programme found that:

  • 96% of young people surveyed reported an improvement in their communication
  • 91% of young people surveyed reported an improvement in their attitude to education
  • 94% of young people surveyed reported an improvement in their attitude to employment
  • 94% of young people surveyed reported an improvement in their general well-being
  • 81% of young people surveyed reported an improvement in their behaviour

The initiative not only provided valuable work advice and guidance to young people but also helped to provide them with a fully-rounded mentoring and engagement model that helped to prepare them for a successful future both in and outside of the 9-5 world.


For more information, visit The Careers and Enterprise Company website.

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