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Education and Training Providers

The contributions of the schools, colleges, universities and other training providers are essential to meet the needs of our local employers and people as outlined in the Growing People Skills Plan and the national Careers Strategy.

We work in partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company to help young people reach their potential and attain the relevant skills, competencies and attainment ready for the world of work.

Our team of CEC Enterprise Coordinators work with schools and college leadership teams to build careers and employer engagement plans relevant to the labour market. Each school and college is matched to and supported by an Enterprise Adviser – a senior volunteer from business who helps unlock relationships with other local businesses.

The areas of focus are:

  • Review current careers provision using the Compass tool
  • Putting in place a careers plan that meets the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Introducing 5 high-impact types of provision – talks/site visits/mentoring/enterprise/work experience
  • Quality CV and mock interviews
  • The use of quality labour market information
  • Driving awareness of all pathways including apprenticeships
  • Promoting the opportunities that STEM provides, especially for young women and other cohorts
  • Embedding core competencies into curriculum
  • Employer engagements throughout school

Enterprise Coordinators work with mainstream schools and businesses in network groups in the South East Midlands. The Careers and Enterprise Company fund delivery of some careers provision within the participating schools.

“Putting in place a careers plan that meets the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. SEMLEP guidance for CEIAG delivery aligned to local need and the Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here.”

If you would like to join the network or are interested in this activity and would like to know more, please contact SEMLEP’s Enterprise Coordinators:

Sign up to the monthly Enterprise Adviser Network newsletter here.

The Further Education South East Midlands (FuSE) group, comprising further education college principals, are focused on implementing recommendations from the Government’s South East Midlands further education area review alongside reviewing skills needs and priorities.

In addition, a SEMLEP FuSE Operational Group, focuses on delivery of relevant provision, skills and employer engagement including apprenticeships.

Employer engagement is sought by the colleges to support provision development, work experience and keeping up to date with developments in the workplace.

Contact details can be obtained from

Over £15m is invested, as part of SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund allocation, to develop further education facilities and capacity to meet the skills needs of employers.

This includes:

For further information, go to the Growing People section of the South East Midlands Strategic Economic Plan.

Universities and their associated business schools are key to the UK’s economic wellbeing and have the exciting potential to support businesses in becoming more competitive and innovative.

The South East Midlands hosts a phenomenal array of world-leading education, learning and research assets that can, and do make a significant impact in helping businesses to improve product, service development and delivery. The area’s six high performing business schools and seven university campuses are open gateways for UK-based businesses who want to innovate to maximise their potential and, overseas investors seeking the optimum location for a new UK business base.

For details on SEMLEP’s capital investments, click on the Investments for Growing People below.

The universities offer the Higher, Degree and Masters level apprenticeships.

Cranfield University:
The Open University:
University of Bedfordshire:
The University of Buckingham:
University of Northampton:
Buckinghamshire New University:

Introductions and contact details for the universities can be obtained from

SEMLEP hosts monthly online Employment and Skills Briefings for all education and skills providers and local authority partners operation within Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.

 The purpose is to provide updates for:

  • Current labour market information, employer needs and opportunities
  • Strategy and activity from SEMLEP
  • Local and national activity relating to employment and skills development

 The Employment and Skills Briefings also include an open forum for participants to inform or prompt discussion.

If you would like to attend the SEMLEP Employment and Skills Briefings please contact

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