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We're Joining forces with UK Businesses to increase opportunities for Ipswich young people

We're Joining forces with UK Businesses to increase opportunities for Ipswich young people

John Grose is proud to be one of over 40 national and local 'Cornerstone' employers who have committed to working with secondary schools and colleges to help inspire and prepare their pupils for the fast changing world of work.

These organisations have joined forces with The Careers & Enterprise Company, set up by government in 2015, to tackle social mobility in 12 identified 'Opportunity Areas', one of these areas being Ipswich, home of two of our largest dealerships.

Alongside John Grose, other employers include Adecco, Butlins, KPMG, Michelin, Mantra Media, NatWest, PwC and Rolls Royce.

This government initiative was announced as Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening highlighted the need for businesses to support social mobility.  All 40+ businesses and business bodies have committed to work together, with the support
of a £2m government-backed fund, to guarantee that in each of the Opportunity Areas:


  • All pupils aged 11-18 will have access to at least four inspiring ‘encounters’ with the world of work. This follows research which shows that young people who have 4 or more workplace encounters while at school are 86% less likely to be NEET and on average will go on to earn 18% more than their peers who did not.
  • All 260+ secondary schools and colleges will have access to a local senior business volunteer (Enterprise Adviser) who will work with headteachers and college principals to unlock local business relationships and advise on their careers programme.

The business commitment is backed by leading business representative bodies, such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who will work with the Careers & Enterprise Company to encourage their business members to offer more young people opportunities to engage employers across a wide spectrum of business sectors through activities such as mentoring, work experience, mock interviews and career talks.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Institute of Directors (IOD), the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), local Chambers of Commerce and Local Enterprise Partnerships are also playing a key role in working with the Careers & Enterprise Company to support young people in the Opportunity Areas.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said:
“As well as making sure young people get a first-class education, we need to give them workplace experience early on if we are to help set them up for career success in the future.  Employers, large and small, have a critical role to play in this and I am delighted that so many will be working with the Careers and Enterprise Company to create opportunities for young people across the country. As well as broadening the horizons of young people and nurturing their ambitions, these initiatives make good business sense, delivering the skills employers need and ultimately boosting the economy.”

Richard Spencer, Principal, Ely College, Cambridgeshire said:
“The Careers and Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network plays an important role in bringing expertise from the world of business into the school so our pupils can meet with and learn from the local businesses that they could soon be looking to join, and I welcome the additional support that the Opportunity Area will bring to ensure that all young people in the area experience even more high quality encounters with business. By helping students to start planning now for their future career or for further and higher education, we give them a much better chance of continuing to flourish when they move on.”

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive, The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:
“40 of our economy’s leading businesses have stepped forward to ensure we can increase young peoples’ exposure to the world of work following clear evidence that this improves employment outcomes.

“The scale of collaboration between businesses will make a much-needed dent in social immobility in key areas and we are proud to be co-ordinating these efforts.”

Ian Twinley, Chairman, John Grose, said:
“Like many other business leaders I am passionate about improving skills levels and ensuring that young people know about the huge range of opportunities available to them in their future careers. We work with a dozen or so High schools to accommodate work experience placements in our Dealerships, we also work with Colleges to provide students work placements as part of their curriculum requirements. In addition, we support the Enterprise Explorer days and regional careers events.  Clearly the positive feedback that we get is always well received by our staff, but our staff also benefit from managing these initiatives as it helps build their own skills”.

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