Enterprise Advisers

Linking schools with the world of work

We are leading the Enterprise Adviser programme for the North East LEP area, with the aim of embedding business leaders into secondary schools on a voluntary basis to help teachers shape the delivery of careers education.  A total of 24 schools from Berwick to Durham have signed up to the network so far, each to be allocated a volunteer business leader in their area to work with them on careers development. Together, they are looking to refine the way schools and the world of work interact, examine their enterprise strategies and fill any gaps.

Enterprise Advisers are the cornerstone of The Career and Enterprise Company’s national programme. Our Advisers will be part of a nationwide network of high calibre volunteers with experience of employment or self employment. They will work with one of our Enterprise Co-ordinators to support schools and colleges to navigate the range of possible employer interactions and to help them create a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement.

We are creating a network of Enterprise Advisers, each of whom should be:

  • Passionate about motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people;
  • Have established networks and contacts;
  • Have an understanding of the needs of the local labour market and a willingness to promote these;
  • Motivated to support schools and colleges in the local area and help them understand how effectively they are motivating young people and preparing them for the world of work.

We would like to hear from enthusiastic business leaders that think they can make a genuine difference to a school’s careers programme. For more information, contact the North East LEP Skills team on 0191 338 7420.

To support our delivery of the Enterprise Adviser programme, we have developed a needs analysis template for schools; this helps us match the appropriate Adviser with the appropriate school. You can download it here.


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