Berkshire Education Employer Partnership (BEEP) is an exciting new employability programme that runs over two-and-a-half years, delivered by Adviza and funded by the European Social Fund*.
Its purpose is to align young people and businesses in Berkshire, encouraging employers to create opportunities and nurture talent while developing employability skills in individuals.
The project aims to make a difference to young people in Berkshire by addressing key employability issues in the area. This includes building capacity within SMEs and targeting the most hard-to-reach areas and disadvantaged young people (e.g. schools with the lowest attainment rates).
BEEP aims to:
- Reduce skills gaps/shortages
- Build talent retention
- Help employers with recruitment - “grow your own”
- Challenge stereotypes
- Build Labour Market Information, careers knowledge and employability skills in young people.
The fully-funded programme includes employer and other events and a suite of support services for Berkshire schools and employers.
Who is BEEP for?
BEEP specifically supports young people aged 15–24, including 140 requiring intensive support i.e. those who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), additional needs or low attainment rates.
Young people with additional needs will be prioritised for the intensive support offer.
What does BEEP offer?
We can help employers build capacity and develop stronger networks with young people and education providers, enabling them to provide more opportunities to inspire young people and introduce them to the world of work.
We focus on the priority job families established by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), namely Digital Technology, Engineering and Science, Construction, Health & Social Care and Education. This supports growth in the Berkshire employment market by reducing skills shortages and addressing recruitment and retention challenges identified by the LEP as a key priority.
Young Person offer:
We promote opportunities (including T-Levels and Apprenticeships), help young people make informed employment decisions and provide employability training, helping to improve the supply of priority skills into the local economy and retain local talent.
How can employers get involved?
We are looking for employers to work with us and provide events, challenges and work placements. In return, we help you to build your confidence working with young people through a team of professional experts, ongoing support and regular contact. We grow your engagement with local candidates through short work experience and longer-term placements (i.e. T-Levels) and match individual young people to the most appropriate employer.
*The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme.