DD2142 London Enterprise Adviser Network

Type of decision: 
Director's decision
Code: 
DD2142
Date signed: 
15 August 2017
Decision by: 
Jeff Jacobs, Head of Paid Service

Executive summary

This decision form seeks approval of the allocation and expenditure of £100,000 from the GLA’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) core fund to be used towards the delivery of the London Enterprise Adviser Network. The Enterprise Adviser Network matches professional volunteers (Enterprise Advisers) with schools to develop a whole school careers and employer plan.  The London network is supported by three full time Enterprise Coordinators employed by the GLA and co-funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company, the National network provider.

This decision is linked to external income approved by MD2124, which provides match funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company towards the Enterprise Coordinators salaries and delivery costs.

Decision

1) That the Executive Director for Communities and Intelligence approves:


The allocation of £100k from the GLA’s London Economic Action Partnership core fund and expenditure of the same for staff salaries and project costs associated with the delivery of the London Enterprise Adviser Network.

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1. The Enterprise Adviser Network matches professional volunteers (Enterprise Advisers) with schools to develop a whole school careers and employer plan.  The London network is supported by 3 full time Grade 8 Enterprise Coordinators employed by the GLA’s Team London and co funded by the National network provider the Careers & Enterprise Company. To date over 100 schools and 160+ Enterprise Advisers have been engaged in the London network.

1.2. The original pilot proposal for the network was submitted in 2015 in partnership with the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) (Formerly London Enterprise Partnership) and the GLA Education and Youth team. The project funding for academic years 15/16 and 16/17 came from the GLA’s Team London, the Careers & Enterprise Company and the Minor Programmes GLA budget. The receipt and expenditure of funding received for this delivery was covered in MD1559 and MD1661.  

1.3. The LEAP Investment Committee agreed on the 04 May 2017 to award £100,000 of funding towards the delivery of the Enterprise Adviser network from the LEAP core fund. This funding will cover delivery costs of the network across academic year 2017/2018 and will be used across financial years 17/18 and 18/19.

1.4. The funding used will go towards project delivery costs including 50% of the salary costs for 3 Grade 8 Enterprise Coordinators employed by the GLA. Match funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company towards these salaries has been approved by MD 2124. The LEAP core funding will cover salary costs from September 2017 to September 2018.

Objectives and expected outcomes

By September 2018 the London Enterprise Adviser network will:
 
- Match up to 200 Enterprise Advisers with 135 London schools;
- Offer up to 700 hours of careers support and work insight to careers leads and students; 
- Support the development of 135 needs assessments and careers and employer engagement strategies; and
- Offer the network in up to 20 London boroughs.

Equality comments

3.1 Under Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, as a public authority, the Mayor of London must have ‘due Regard’ of the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation as well as to advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who have a protected characteristic and those who do not.

3.2 The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) aims to support consistency of careers education and aims to open up opportunities for employer encounters for young people of all socio-economic backgrounds. Following the national model the EAN is offered to academies, free and state schools in London. Currently this is available in 18 boroughs but the long-term ambition is for the network to be available in all 32 boroughs. Additional funding opportunities are being identified which will enable us to recruit new Enterprise Coordinators that can support the roll out of the network in all boroughs and schools by 2020.
 

Financial comments

5.1 Approval is being sought for the receipt of £100,000 from the London’s Local Enterprise Partnership Core Fund to deliver the London Enterprise Adviser Network, funding will be span two financial years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

5.2 Match funding of £100,000 will be provided by The Careers & Enterprise Company which was approved by MD2124.  Total receipts of £200,000 will fund three Grade 8 Enterprise Coordinators costs who will be managed by the Team London and also project delivery costs spanning two financial years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Budget Breakdown

 

Item

Description

Cost

Staff salaries

3 Grade 8 Enterprise Coordinators – 13 months

87000

 

 

Expenses

National offsite training for 6 Enterprise Coordinators (2 times per year), volunteer expenses and day to day travel to schools

 

5000

Catering and training costs

Induction and training, networking and reward and recognition events

 

8000

 

 

TOTAL

 

£100,000

Planned delivery approach and next steps

Currently 89 Secondary schools are actively engaged in the network. New schools will be outreached to from September 2017 to achieve the target of 115 schools in 17/18. Delivery this year will focus on strengthen relationships in our existing 89 schools with the long-term goals to develop whole school careers and employer strategies in every Enterprise Adviser school.

Activity table

Activity

Timeline

Develop outreach and delivery plan for 2017/2018

 

31 July 2017

Agree reporting and impact tracking for 17/18

 

31 August 2017

Delivery Start Date

 

New school outreach September 2017

01 September 2017

Volunteer Recruitment for Enterprise Advisers

October-Dec

2017

 

Volunteer training and induction

Jan-Feb 2017

 

Delivery End Date

 

115 Secondary Schools engaged.

31 August 2018

Project review

28th September 2018

 

Appendices and supporting papers

Grant Offer Letter