How to ensure your Enterprise Adviser adds value to your Careers Education programme

Enterprise Advisers are passionate, experienced professionals who are committed to preparing young people in their local area to make informed choices about their future.

Your Enterprise Coordinator will work with you to match an Enterprise Adviser to your school or college based on their skills, knowledge and experience and after understanding the needs of your school or college careers programme. Your Enterprise Coordinator will facilitate the initial meetings and discussions to help you identify how your Enterprise Advisor can best support you.

Enterprise Advisers do not sign up to attend events and activities within your school or college, although they may want to take part in some of these events where possible.  Your Enterprise Advisor is there to support you in a strategic role rather than a practical one.

Typical areas where Enterprise Advisers can add value to the your school or college careers programme include:

  • Supporting the Careers Leader strategically to develop and evaluate their careers plan
  • Providing a valuable employer’s perspective on how your school or college can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.
  • Engaging with their network of colleagues, local businesses, employers and personal contacts to inform and provide a wide variety of careers opportunities within the curriculum.
  • Communicating on behalf of the Careers Leader, school or college with a range of senior stakeholders.
  • Offering relevant, impartial, practical and impactful advice which can be easily implemented.
  • Highlighting the skills that employers are seeking and using their industry and professional knowledge to demystify what employers look for when recruiting their future talent.
  • Supporting the Careers Leader to conduct a self-evaluation of your school or college’s progress through the Compass+/Compass Classic tool and helping you identify priority areas for support.
  • Acting as a critical friend and challenging evidence which may be required for an Ofsted inspection.

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