News & blogs News Announcing the Berkshire Education Employer Partnership Adviza is delighted to announce the launch of the Berkshire Education Employer Partnership (BEEP). What is BEEP? Taking place over the next two years, BEEP is a fully-funded programme to align young people and employers in Berkshire, encouraging businesses to create opportunities, nurture talent and develop employability skills in young people across the county. BEEP will facilitate partnerships between local education centres and employers, so that students can gain meaningful work experience and knowledge alongside their study. This could be through brief work placements, internships, full industry placements or a host of other employer interactions of varying duration, including mentoring and Zoom chats. It has been specially adapted for the pandemic era so students and young people won’t miss out. The programme will help young people in Berkshire to learn more about the career opportunities available to them and will aim to retain and grow talent and skills pools across the county, broadening young people’s exposure to different opportunities. BEEP is delivered by careers charity Adviza and our delivery partners Activate Learning, AIM Group, Learning to Work, Newbury College and West Berkshire EBP. The programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Work and Pensions*. Who is BEEP for? BEEP is for any young person aged 15 – 24 and living in Berkshire. More intensive support will also be available for young people with Special Educational Needs, low attainment rates and those not in education, employment or training. How to get involved in BEEP Local employers can get involved by providing virtual or onsite work experience, internships or placements for young people and students as conditions allow, or simply present or answer questions about the careers they offer. A host of opportunities for employers and young people to interact will be developed and announced over the coming weeks and months. Any education providers in Berkshire can work with Adviza to refer students to the scheme. Sarah Jackson, Project Coordinator for BEEP within Adviza, said: “BEEP is a very exciting project and one of the most valuable Adviza has been involved in. That value stems from the fact that it’s a long-term project that will create opportunities for many young people in Berkshire, and I believe it will boost young people’s life chances.” To learn more or be involved in BEEP, contact [email protected] Find out more about BEEP *The project is receiving circa £1.1m funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.