The Enterprise Advisor Network in Ipswich Opportunity Area

Kayleigh Norris,
IOA Enterprise Coordinator

To say there have been a few challenges in the 2020/21 academic year would be an understatement, however the schools and colleges of the Ipswich Opportunity Area and their careers teams have been adapting to these ever-changing challenges and meeting them with resilience, creativity, and positivity.

This academic year there has been a key focus on Benchmark 1 of the Gatsby framework for outstanding careers provision:  A Stable Careers Programme. Six IOA schools & colleges have fully achieving this benchmark and all schools & colleges in  Ipswich are proactively working towards achieving it. Benchmark performance data up to the end of the Spring Term tells us that the IOA is outperforming the National Average in 6 out of the 8 Gatsby benchmarks

A highlight of the Spring term has been the parent/carers careers information session held virtually which featured a number of employers speaking about their industry, role, pathways, and progression routes. Parents had the chance to engage with the employers and ask questions to better inform their careers discussions with their children. Some of the employers we had at the session were Superstructures, Style Candy, Matthew Douglass, Morgan Sindall, Becketts and the London Ambulance service.  Excellent feedback from parents was received saying how beneficial it was to hear Labour Market Information directly from employers.

Volunteer Enterprise Advisers continue to be fully engaged attending Partnership and Cluster meetings with many helping to support virtual events such as employability sessions, mock interviews, and student talks.

You can find out more about the Enterprise Adviser Network here, or contact Kayleigh Norris at

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