Norwich City Football Club has today, September 11, announced a partnership which underlines its continuing commitment to helping young people in East Anglia prepare for the world of work.
The Club has partnered with social enterprise The Careers & Enterprise Company to become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’, investing time and resources and working with other employers to benefit schools and colleges and inspire young people across the area.
The Football Club will work with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, a network of volunteers in the area. Together they will ensure that young people across the region have access to meaningful engagement with employees from departments across the Club and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.
The Club has already proven itself to be a strong ambassador for careers and enterprise provision and is delivering a wide range of activities for local pupils. This includes delivering resilience training for students in 24 schools around Norfolk with the Social Mobility Business Partnership and supporting schools and colleges in the area with careers and enterprise provision. This dedicated work will be expanded in the Club’s new role as a Cornerstone Employer.
Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’ in order to pass their business knowledge on to the next generation.
In becoming a Cornerstone Employer, Norwich City Football Club joins a strong contingent of employers in the area working as Cornerstones including Grant Thornton, KPMG, Norfolk County Council and Aviva. All the Cornerstone Employers in the area are working to help deliver over 36,000 encounters with employers for young people in the area by 2020.
Norwich is also one of the government’s 12 Opportunity Areas across England, designed to promote social mobility and open-up opportunities for young people.
Steve Stone, Managing Director at Norwich City Football Club, said: "Norwich City Football Club has a strong commitment to supporting young people and helping to increase social mobility.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to join the other Cornerstone Employers in leading the development and delivery of the Norwich Opportunity Area Business Plan and encouraging other organisations to become involved in this excellent work helping young people move successfully from education into work.”
Claudia Harris, CEO at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted that Norwich City Football Club has committed to become a Cornerstone Employer, helping to prepare and inspire pupils across East Anglia for the world of work.
“Engaging directly with employers is an absolutely vital part of a good careers education. It helps to give young people the information and inspiration they need to make informed choices about their futures.
“We need all sorts of business on board to make this happen, particularly ones that are at the heart of their community like Norwich City.”