Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network

Careers and Enterprise logo, Careers Hub launch

The purpose of the Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers drawn from businesses who will work directly with the school’s leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans to support schools in their careers advice and careers planning for young people. They will work with other local businesses to equip young people with the skills they need.

Each Enterprise Adviser will be allocated one school or college and will be supported by a full time Enterprise Coordinator. Worcestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership has created a coalition of local organisations working in this space to ensure that Enterprise Advisers can help schools and colleges navigate what is often a fragmented environment.

Building on the development of Worcestershire’s Enterprise Adviser network Worcestershire is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people in the county. The Careers Hub announcement follows the success of Worcestershire becoming the first area in the UK to successfully recruit 100% of its local secondary schools into the Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network. Worcestershire have also been awarded the opportunity to conduct a pilot with our Middle Schools covering the Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts.

Worcestershire’s Careers Hub will have access to support which will help secondary schools, SEN Schools and colleges meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education, working towards improved careers outcomes for young people. Achieving these benchmarks are now a mandatory requirement for schools as part of the NEW government careers strategy published in January 2018.

These benchmarks ensure that every young person in Worcestershire aged 13 and over will be exposed to more employer encounters and gain a greater understanding of the world of work. The benchmarks also offer individualised information, advice and guidance around a range of post 16 education offers, from sixth form to technical college to university and apprenticeships, enabling young people to make informed choices about their future.

This programme is contracted to the Worcestershire LEP but delivered in partnership with Worcestershire County Council.

For more information on the Worcestershire Careers Hub, and for businesses looking to get involved with the local Careers Enterprise Company network, visit www.skills4worcestershire.co.uk or email cec@worcestershire.gov.uk