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To apply to become an Enterprise Adviser, please complete this online application.

What are Enterprise Advisers and what will they do? 
Enterprise Advisers will be volunteers from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes including the self-employed). Working directly with school and college leaders, they will be responsible for helping schools and colleges build careers and enterprise and employer engagement plans drawing on their own local business networks.

They will be supported by a full-time Coordinator who will have tools available to lay out the range of programmes available to schools and colleges nationally and locally. For example speakers in schools, CV and skill building and work experience. 

This programme aims to:

  • raise aspirations and motivation amongst the regions pupils
  • improve both academic and destination outcomes for young people
  • increase the strength and depth of the schools careers and enterprise education
  • create powerful, lasting connections between business and each school

The initial programme will be delivered from September 2015 to September 2016. Further information about this programme is available.

Volunteer to be an Enterprise Adviser
We are looking for volunteers of exceptional calibre from the world of work (employed or self-employed) who are passionate and motivated to help young people realise their potential by using opportunities that enterprise can offer through the new Enterprise Adviser network in the West of England.

The role:
Enterprise Advisers from all sectors of the economy would advise head teachers and teachers in secondary schools on the ways employers can engage with the school, drawing on advice from key local partners, including those that offer careers advice.  

You will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team in local schools and colleges to support them in developing their careers and enterprise strategies and employer engagement plans, drawing on your own local business networks.

Becoming an Enterprise Adviser is a unique opportunity to support a school or college in improving opportunities for young people, and is also a chance to join a national network of like-minded peers.

Next steps
Once you’ve completed an application form, the following steps will take place: 

  •  You will be contacted by the Enterprise Co-ordinator via phone or email within 3 days for initial discussion.
  •  You will be invited to attend a discussion and complete DBS application.
  •  DBS will be sent directly to Applicant – can take up to two weeks to process.

 

The Role of the West of England Enterprise Adviser

Enterprise Advisers will be the cornerstone of The Careers & Enterprise Company’s national programme. They will be a nationwide network of high calibre volunteers with experience of employment or self-employment.

Activities
The  Adviser will be asked to volunteer their time to work closely with the senior management team of a local secondary school or college, to help develop and shape careers and enterprise strategies, employer engagement plans and to draw on their own business experience and local business networks.

Skills and experience
Enterprise Advisers will be:

  • Drawn from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes including the self-employed).
  • Passionate about motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people.
  • Able to work effectively with employers, and schools and colleges.
  • Well connected to employers of all sizes and the self-employed and have established networks and contacts which they are willing to share.
  • Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of the local labour market and a willingness to promote these.
  • Motivated to lead engagement with 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.
  • Have knowledge of the support available in the West of England and an understanding of how young people, the school and college could benefit from this support.

Although Enterprise Advisers are unlikely to have direct contact with young people, they must be DBS checked.

To apply to become an Enterprise Adviser, please complete this online application.

Below are a series of frequently asked questions to help employers understand the role of the West of England Enterprise Adviser:

Q. What are Enterprise Advisers?
A. Enterprise Advisers are high calibre volunteers from the world of work with experience of employment or self-employment, who will work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and employment.

Q. What is the purpose of the Enterprise Adviser role?
A. The Enterprise Adviser aims to:

  • Support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement.
  • Provide access to their local business networks Help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people. 

Q. What activities are involved in the Enterprise Adviser role?
A. The Enterprise Adviser will work with a school or college on a one to one basis and will:

  • Be committed to supporting a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one day per month.
  • Develop, shape or add value to the school or college’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy.
  • Conduct an initial diagnostic and support the school or college in identifying priority areas for support.
  • Use their contacts to encourage a wider group of employers or the self-employed to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies.
  • Commit to developing a good understanding of the wider employment base in their locality and sector.
  • Engage in the LEP Enterprise Adviser induction programmes.
  • Join the West of England LEP Enterprise Adviser network group.
  • Share best practice across the Enterprise Adviser network and provide support to other Enterprise Advisers.
  • Utilise the resources provided by the Enterprise Co-ordinator such as the toolkit.
  • Promote the role of Enterprise Advisers amongst existing contacts and networks to contribute to the recruitment of new Enterprise Advisers.

Q. What support will I receive?
A. Enterprise Advisers will be supported by a full-time Co-ordinator who will have simple tools available to lay out the range of programmes available to schools and colleges nationally and locally, for example: speakers in schools, CV and skill building, work experience.

Q. Do I get paid?
A. No. The Enterprise Adviser role is a voluntary role; however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Q. How much time do I have to commit?
A. You will be expected to support a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one day (or part day) per month.

Q. Who will put me in touch with schools?
A. The Enterprise Adviser will be matched and introduced to a school or college by the Enterprise Coordinator.

To apply to become an Enterprise Adviser, please complete this online application.

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