CEC Enterprise Adviser Network

Inspiring young people for the world of work
19/01/2017
Working with Schools

The Essex Enterprise Adviser Network is looking for professionals just like you, who are passionate about helping young people to develop their future career aspirations, to become Enterprise Advisers.

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme which is overseen by the Careers & Enterprise Company and is part funded by Essex County Council and the Essex Employability and Skills Board. The program has been launched to inspire and prepare secondary school students for the world of work.

In Essex alone, fifty advisers have been linked to schools throughout Essex since the start of the programme in 2016 from industries such as:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Care
  • Construction
  • Financial & Related Services
  • Health
  • IT, Digital & Creative
  • Logistics

This allows students all across Essex to learn all about the vast variety of career options that await them after secondary Education.

As an Enterprise Adviser you will see enormous benefits for your company.  You will agree with your linked school how to progress your working relationship, which can be anything from influencing the careers curriculum, to ensure young people understand the correlation between their studies and the world of work; providing young people with the opportunity to meet and inspire students to understand more about your sector; or support in the development of students employability skills.

You will also be part of a national network and attend local business networking events with other professionals working to inspire young people. If you would like to help but cannot become an Enterprise Adviser, you could become an Industry Champion, which helps schools on an ad-hoc basis when they need help with interview days, presentations or careers events. Either way, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and help local young people realise their future.

Adam Jones, Chair of the Essex Employment and Skills Board and an Enterprise Adviser on behalf of Teledyne e2v said: “We are delighted to have launched of the Enterprise Adviser Network across Greater Essex, which gives us, as employers, the opportunity to work with schools to showcase the world of work to our young people. There are many local, exciting career opportunities for young people and this programme enables employers to work closely with schools to ensure they have a pipeline of young people with the skills they need to develop and grow their business. As an Enterprise Adviser myself, we are starting to see the benefits of inspiring young people to consider a career in engineering through inviting students to our company to see the breadth of opportunities available".

If you would like to shape the future of your sector’s workforce, contact your local Enterprise Co-ordinator at cec@essex.gov.uk or call 03330 322 984

Interested in this programme?

For more information or to get involved, get in touch with the links below.