What do Enterprise Advisers do?

Make a difference to young people’s career prospects

A young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Support school and college leadership teams to develop an effective careers programme

Over three-quarters (77%) of schools and colleges say that their careers provision has improved since connecting with an Enterprise Adviser.

Highlight skills that employers are looking for

Use industry and professional knowledge to demystify what employers look for in their future talent.

Drive equality in careers education and tackle youth unemployment

Enterprise Advisers work to improve access to information, advice and networks for every student – there should be no barriers to meaningful careers advice. Our network of over 800 Enterprise Advisers are supporting the government’s mission of connecting all secondary schools in England with an Enterprise Adviser.

What's involved?

You’ll be connected to a secondary school, special educational needs school, pupil referral unit or Further Education College in England for one year, working directly with them on:

  • Supporting the school or college's senior leadership team strategically to develop and evaluate their careers plan.

  • Providing a valuable employer's perspective on how a school or college can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.

  • Engaging with local businesses and employers in your network to put a wide variety of careers opportunities at the heart of young people's education.

Who can be an Enterprise Adviser?

You'll be:

  • An HR or business professional from any industry sector or professional background, either employed, self-employed or or recently retired.

  • Dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people.

  • Willing to volunteer your time to achieve positive change in local schools and colleges using core skills.

  • Able to use your existing networks or create new links between employers and schools.
  • Give back and connect with your local community.

  • Better understand the education sector and the challenges it faces.

  • Experience strategic planning in a new context.

  • Develop your skills in communication, strategy development, community awareness, networking, and coaching and mentoring.

  • Build strong working relationships with your local school or college and get insight into what future talent seeks in an employer.

  • Join a national and local network to develop your own skills.

  • Raise the profile of your own organisation and industry, creating pathways into your sector.
  1. Register your interest via a short online form

  2. We'll contact you by email with information on the process.

  3. Submit an application form and CV via email.

  4. Have a short telephone interview with the CIPD.

  5. The CIPD refers you to your Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

  6. The LEP matches you to a school or college.

If you’d like more details, take a look at our resources below. You can also watch our free webinar about the programme.

If you have any questions, get in touch at enterpriseadviser@cipd.co.uk.

Webinar: Shaping careers education in a local school

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