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Businesses and senior leadership teams at schools are being matched up to inspire pupil career choices by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

The company acts like a matching agency to help develop a relationship between a school/college and business that will help to inspire young people and help them to prepare for and take control of their futures.

An event for schools and businesses is being held on March 22, from 8.30-10.30am at the Mercure Hotel in Willerby.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is currently targeting 20 schools in Hull and the East Riding with a scheme mirrored on the South Bank covering North and North East Lincolnshire to be launched later this year. The Humber LEP, alongside 26 other LEPs around the country, is working under the Careers and Enterprise Company umbrella to deliver at a local level.

Work has already begun and one business has already been matched with a school to help achieve their mutual aims. Design Signage Solutions and Sirius Academy North have been matched to develop young people’s aspirations and understanding of careers choices in the area.

Antonio Tombanane, Client Relations Manager, for Designs Signage Solutions in Hull, said: “At Designs Signage Solutions Ltd we are passion about education, when we are approached by the Careers and Enterprise Company to team up with Sirius Academy North we were delighted to accept this as it meant we could inspire students and give them aspirations to choosing careers that were right for them but also in the local community.

“Being a local company with national and international exposure it is imperative that we work with institutions like Sirius to promote local businesses working with the education sector. We have a lot planned ahead with Sirius and will be working with them on various projects.”

Pete Rhodes, Director of CIT and Careers at Sirius Academy, said: “At Sirius Academy we love to work with local companies to help our students prepare for their future. Antonio has come along and scrutinised with a business eye how he can support out careers work and his expertise fits in with what we are doing.

“As well as bringing input in design, technology and IT his company has supported a number of careers projects from designing a new product for RB to the Green Power Challenge and will also include a range of activities with pupils in Humber Business Week.”

The Careers and Enterprise Company is part of a wider raft of measures to improve careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Strategy and implementation plan.

Andy Crossland, member of the LEP’s Employment and Skills Board and Chair of the LEP Employability Skills Working Group, said:

“The work of the Careers and Enterprise Company will motivate young people to make more informed choices in and out of school .

“The right match between a school and business has the potential to drive activity that will help young people to understand careers paths and take more control over their futures.

“Our projects being led by our group linked to careers such as our gold standard, labour market information and our Humber Careers Hub supports this work to help improve access to and understanding of career paths in the region.”

If you are a business or education provider in Hull or the East Riding and would like to know more, or if you would like to book on the March 22 event, you can speak to Kerrie Jaquest  on 01482 615205 or