SUEZ Recycling and recovery UK is supporting economic growth in Cornwall by enabling young people to benefit from Young Enterprise (YE) learning programmes.

Tony Burge, Plant Manager at the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre was delighted to present a cheque to Young Enterprise knowing that funding from the international waste management company, would support students at Brannel and Penrice academies who will be among the first to benefit from digital careers-based courses, designed by YE following the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many students missed the opportunity of work experience and attending careers fairs due to the pandemic restrictions this year.

Brannel’s Careers Lead James Worthington, who is grateful to Suez & YE for its support, said: ”Never before has there been a need for students to be prepared for the working world, with an uncertain job market in the UK, let alone Cornwall.

“The help from this project will allow our year 10 students to engage with the labour market to reach their career potential. ”

YE’s new Learning Zone programmes will help students identify their personal hopes and dreams; provide opportunities to explore future career pathways; calculate and balance realistic cost of living budgets; consider a wide range of career options; make informed decisions and gain interview techniques.

Excited about utilising YE’s employability programmes, Lorraine Turner, Careers Lead from Penrice Academy, said: “Other year groups have also missed over a term’s careers education and opportunities to meet employers.”

Helping young people thrive aligns closely with Suez’s company values. Suez’s HR Officer Millie Parsons added: “We have been supporting YE in Cornwall for a few years now and we have seen how its programmes can help build young people’s confidence, enterprise and employability skills.”

YE understands the challenges young people and schools now face. YE Area Manager Stephanie Anderson, said: “Supporting youngsters with their employability and enterprise skills and helping them to develop an enterprising mindset is now more important than ever as they navigate a post-Covid environment. By investing in our youngsters, we are helping our future economy. We are very grateful to Suez for its backing but we need to find more funders interested in supporting schools across the South West in this way.”

YE is the UK’s leading financial literacy, enterprise and entrepreneurship charity for young people. Every year YE works with over 250,000 young people, supports over 9,000 teachers in both enterprise and financial education, with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers and 3,500 businesses. Since we were established, over 4 million young people have taken part in Young Enterprise programmes in the UK. Funders interested in supporting schools can email stephanie.anderson@y-e.org.uk.