Senior business professionals urged to join the Enterprise Adviser Network at an event hosted at London’s City Hall

The Careers & Enterprise Company, the CIPD, the professional body for HR and Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering team, joined forces earlier this month to host an event aimed at encouraging more senior business professionals to become Enterprise Advisers.

The CIPD, who have been supporting with the recruitment of Enterprise Advisers across England since 2016 and have so far referred more than 1,000 individuals to the Network, led the event which was held during this year’s Volunteers’ Week. The senior HR and other business professionals who attended were able to learn more about the programme and, those that were keen to sign up had the opportunity to take part in a face to face interview.

Speaking at the event, Katerina Rudiger, CIPD’s Head of Social Impact and Innovation said: “As the professional body for HR and people development, our members understand where the skills gaps are and what employers want, making them well placed to be Enterprise Advisers. It’s been fantastic to be involved in supporting this programme and seeing our members make such a difference to the schools they work with.”

Aimee Higgins, Director of Employers and Partnerships at the Careers and Enterprise Company, said: “The CIPD and Team London have helped to progress the Enterprise Adviser Network in our Capital. Together, employers and schools have aligned to shift the dialogue and improve careers and, as we expand the Network, we look forward to welcoming more volunteers to join this exciting programme.”

Sharing her experience of being an Enterprise Adviser, Kim Travers, CIPD member and former Head of HR Services at Transport for London said: “Although I am very experienced in all aspects of HR from the point of view of an employer, I originally decided to join the programme so that I could understand the perspective of schools and young people. Becoming an Enterprise Adviser has really opened my eyes to the education sector and I feel I have been able to help my school gain more of an understanding from a business perspective. Alongside providing strategic support I have also enjoyed supporting the school in a more practical way, via careers fairs and other activities. There are also business benefits to being involved; it’s important that schools and businesses are connected so that there is understanding on both sides.”

As a result of the event more than a dozen volunteers signed up on the day, and many more have registered their interest. 

Interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser?

You can find out about what volunteering with a school is like by watching our short video featuring our volunteers or visit our webpage:

https://www.cipd.co.uk/learn/volunteer/develop-senior-experience/become-enterprise-adviser

If you are keen to proceed, please complete our online expression of interest form here:

http://www.cipdenterpriseadvisers.co.uk/

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