Education Minister Sam Gyimah visited Northampton Academy to see the work being done to prepare school children for life in the business world.
The Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Children saw the impact of work by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership in working with the academy as part of a new scheme being rolled out nationally.
Mr Gyimah said: “I was delighted to visit Northampton Academy to hear about how businesses, schools, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Enterprise Advisers are coming together to connect the world of work with the world of education.
“It was clear from speaking to the students that this is helping them understand the opportunities which are out there, and how they can make the most of them, and as a Government we are committed to ensuring this good practice continues to spread throughout the country.
“The Northampton pilot programme is a great example of how the Enterprise Adviser network brings schools and businesses together to motivate young people and help them understand the relevance of their education and understand the link to the world of work.
“It was great to hear directly from the young people at the Northampton Academy about how their connection with employers and enterprise activities has built their confidence, motivation and excitement about the future.”
Karen Betty, careers co-ordinator at Northampton Academy, said: “This programme has opened our eyes to the wealth of careers opportunities in Northamptonshire and to the generosity of local employers keen to provide their time and promote their industry to eager young employees of the future.”
Jo Lappin, chief executive officer of the partnership, added: “Northamptonshire is responding positively to the challenges that many of our businesses are facing to fill job vacancies and to help their business grow. NEP and its partners have put in place a programme of activity to link the world of education and the world of work, and the Enterprise Advisers programme is critical to this.
“The lessons learned as one of the five national pilots have provided a brilliant foundation to move the programme to the next level.
“We now have 28 secondary schools signed-up for 2015-16 and a new set of Enterprise Advisers matched to their schools.“This is a great success story for Northamptonshire and is very much down to our Enterprise Advisers and schools who have been brilliant in making it happen.”