What is an Enterprise Adviser?

Evidence shows that any young person who experiences 4 or more careers related engagement activities with employers during their journey through education are 86% less likely to be unemployed.

Enterprise Advisers are our senior business volunteers who work closely with a local school or college to help develop a practical careers plan and prepare students for the world of work. They use their knowledge of the local business landscape to support an educational establishment careers team to develop an effective careers plan and to create opportunities for a school or college’s students.

Enterprise advisers work directly with their assigned educational establishment in order to support them on achieving the Gatsby benchmarks 5 and 6. Every school is required to use the Gatsby benchmarks, which reflect international best practice and are adopted by both the Department of Education and Ofsted.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  • Talks and websites
  • CV Workshops
  • Mock interviews
  • Mentoring
  • Employability workshops
  • Enterprise activities
  • Employer-delivered classroom learning

Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

  • Workplace visits and experience
  • Work shadowing
  • Volunteering and citizenship

Why become an Enterprise Adviser?

Volunteering as an Enterprise Adviser can be incredibly rewarding. You’ll be supported by a trained, full-time Enterprise Coordinator and a range of practical resources to help you in your role. You can also benefit from peer support from other volunteers and broaden your network of contacts further.

Being an Enterprise Adviser is great opportunity to:

  • use your experience and network to inspire young people
  • develop your interpersonal and strategy skills and gain new experiences as a role model to young people in your area
  • deepen your connection to the local community
  • build your company’s reputation

What you'll be doing

As an Enterprise Adviser you’ll work with a Headteacher or careers lead to develop a careers plan that gives students multiple opportunities to learn about work. This role is the perfect opportunity to share your insights about job opportunities and the key skills that Worcestershire businesses need.

Is being an Enterprise Adviser right for me?

Our Enterprise Advisers come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired. As an Enterprise Adviser you can use your unique business experience to inspire young people and prepare them for when they leave education. You’ll gain new skills working with the senior leadership in a school and use your network to bring the right people together. If this appeals to you, we’d love to hear from you! Contact CEC@worcestershire.gov.uk for more information.

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