Enterprise Adviser Network

1. About the Enterprise Adviser Network

We are looking for businesses from a variety of sectors to help East Sussex secondary schools and colleges with their enterprise and careers education strategies. This is an opportunity for you to use your knowledge of the world of work to make a lasting positive impact on the futures of a generation of young people.

Launched by Skills East Sussex in 2015, the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) helps secondary schools and colleges create long-term careers education, information, advice and guidance strategies.

The East Sussex EAN is funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and East Sussex County Council and is part of a growing national network. Across the UK, employers now support over 1,300 schools and colleges and plans are in place to increase that number during 2017. Organisers are confident that as these partnerships grow and develop, business and school link activities will increase and long-term goals will be achieved.

Local networks are formed by the advisers that meet and communicate regularly to share best practice, discuss ideas for joint working and support. Impact and success is being jointly evaluated by schools, advisers and the County Council.

Support locally to make a difference

Working to fulfil East Sussex County Council’s Employability and Skills strategy, businesses from priority growth areas including construction, health & social care, creative & digital, engineering, land based industries and tourism, have been matched with secondary, further education and sixth form colleges to reignite business and education links.

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2. Become an Enterprise Adviser

Enterprise Advisers are being matched with local schools and colleges, and are becoming part of a high profile nationwide network of exceptional business volunteers.

With the support of an Enterprise Coordinator, you will:

  • help a school develop an enterprise and employer engagement strategy that includes activities and information that promotes career paths and employability skills.
  • work with the school or college to identify their priority areas for support
  • help schools to engage with businesses (of all sizes, and the self-employed) from the wider community via your own networks.
  • share best practice and support other Enterprise Advisers
  • use resources and templates provided by the Enterprise Coordinator

What you will bring to the role:

  • Willingness to share experiences and knowledge of the world of business, providing a realistic and authentic approach to schools and young people on employability
  • Knowledge of your sector and where it sits within the local and wider business community
  • Ability to shape, develop or add value to a school’s enterprise and employer engagement strategy
  • You, or a member of your staff, will volunteer time (up to 1 day per month). Your time can include email contact, phone calls, skype calls, 1–2–1 meetings, careers fair / parents evening attendance, assembly presentations etc.
  • Ability to engage in the Enterprise Adviser induction programmes, join the Enterprise Adviser network group and attend network meetings where possible.
  • Willingness to contribute to press releases and promotional activities, including ministerial visits

As the role may involve contact with students, it is a requirement that all Enterprise Advisers complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. There will not be any costs to you for this. Your Enterprise Coordinator will complete the paperwork with you.

For more information contact our Enterprise Coordinator.