Walpole’s School Programme | An update

Last September Walpole launched a partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company as part of our Schools Programme/Luxury in the Making initiative. Since its formation C&E have built a national network and now link over 2,000 schools and colleges with local employees, with the aim to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

Image above courtesy of Stephen Einhorn.

Following this partnership, Walpole is working with the Chelsea Academy in Lots Road, SW10, to deliver a series of talks and student visits to London-based Walpole member brands. Walpole’s Charlotte Keesing kicked off Chelsea Academy British Luxury Week at the end of the summer term by speaking to the Year 10 students, before they visited Harrods and Stephen Einhorn for a behind-the-scenes look at the department store and fine jewellery maker, as well as meet with the people behind the brands.  We are continuing this work into the new Academic year and are grateful to the many members who have already kindly put themselves forward to speak to the Chelsea Academy students and help us meet our target of 15 student encounters during this academic year.

Walpole is now urging all members to get involved with networked schools in your local area, so students are inspired to consider careers in the luxury and craft sector.

Give an Hour

Giving just one hour of your time to speak to students about your personal career path, share your industry insights, life lessons or give advice on how to create the perfect CV can make a real difference. It might feel like an hour is too short to have a real impact, however C&E know from experience that just an hour with students can create new perspectives, inspire passion and spark new ideas. Speaking to a class about your luxury sector experience, play a role in a business competition, carry out a mock interview or support a CV workshop: all of these short activities can make a big difference and can change a young person’s life.

Enterprise Adviser

Members can also become an Enterprise Adviser: a volunteer from business who works closely with the headteacher or Senior Leadership Team of a school or college to provide strategic support. You will be expected to use your business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.

Volunteering as an Enterprise Adviser can be incredibly rewarding and is supported by a trained, full-time Enterprise Coordinator and a range of practical resources to help you in the EA role. You can also benefit from peer support from other volunteers and broaden your network of contacts further. Helping schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and enabling positive outcomes for young people – you are not expected to be an expert in the Careers landscape to do this. EA improve and support the opportunities of students and act as a critical friend to the school.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a C&E Enterprise Advisor or joining us for the Chelsea Academy Schools programme please contact Keri.Beak@walpolebritishluxury.co.uk.

Careers & Enterprise Company