Howes Percival has partnered with The Careers & Enterprise Company to help young people in Norwich prepare for the fast-changing world of work.
The firm has signed up to become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’ in the Norwich Careers Hub and committed to investing time and resources to support local schools and colleges with their careers education and with inspiring young people.
Young people who have regular, meaningful interactions with employers while at school are less likely to be NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) when they leave school.
Howes Percival will work closely with The Careers & Enterprise Company, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and the New Anglia Adviser Network, a network of volunteers from the world of business who are each matched to a local school to support their careers activity.
Together they will ensure that all young people across the region have access to regular, meaningful engagement with employers and gain the vital experiences of the workplace they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.
In becoming a Cornerstone Employer, Howes Percival joins a strong contingent of employers in the area working as Cornerstones including Norwich City Football Club, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Norfolk County Council and Aviva. All the Cornerstone Employers in the area are working to help deliver over 36,000 encounters with employers for young people in the area by 2020.
Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved in supporting schools and colleges, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’.
Gordon Simpson, Director at Howes Percival said:
“We are delighted to be a Cornerstone Employer. Howes Percival is committed to helping to inspire, support and prepare young people with their careers education. We are keen to work with our existing and new business contacts to provide meaningful and fun encounters between students and employers in different sectors. We were delighted to receive the Norwich for Jobs Silver Award earlier this year for our work in helping their candidates through CV reviews, mock interviews and workplace tours and presentations. Our team has found their work with local young people extremely rewarding and we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact in the region.”
Claudia Harris, CEO at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:
“We are delighted that Howes Percival has decided to become a Cornerstone Employer in the Norwich Careers Hub. All young people deserve great careers education, to inspire them, support their aspirations and prepare them for the fast-changing world of work.”