In February 2019, the London Enterprise Adviser Network (LEAN) EAST was launched as an expansion of the London Enterprise Adviser Network across London. It is delivered on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Careers & Enterprise Company and supports the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Strategy and Careers for Londoners Action Plan to ensure all Londoners have the skills they need to fulfil their potential.
LEAN EAST is funded until the end of August 2020 and will work with state-funded secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) in the nine LEAN EAST boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. It aims to work with schools and colleges to improve their careers provision and to promote opportunities for students to get an early start in career skills.
Research shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 22% more during their career.
By 2020, over 150 secondary schools, further education colleges and pupil referral units across the nine boroughs will be supported by up to 300 Enterprise Advisers, with volunteers from all industries and business types. This means that young Londoners from all backgrounds will be able to access the opportunities that the capital has to offer.
A team of Enterprise Coordinators, led by a Senior Enterprise Coordinator, will be recruited in March to work with LEAN EAST schools, colleges and PRUs from late April 2019 onwards. East London Business Alliance will lead on the recruitment and training of Enterprise Advisers and matching them to schools, colleges and PRUs.