16 Jul

Business volunteers wanted to help rewrite the story of careers education in Leicestershire schools

Engineer with apprentices

Ever considered supporting schools and colleges to shape their careers provision?  We're looking for local business leaders to help “rewrite the story” for young people by putting their skills to use with a local school or college as an Enterprise Adviser.

More than ever, young people need all the support and inspiration they can get to help them succeed. With education disrupted and a blended approach to learning the new normal, it can be hard to see a clear pathway towards a future career.

That is why this summer, we are embarking on an ambitious campaign to recruit over twenty new volunteer Enterprise Advisers (EAs), starting with an online recruitment event on Wednesday 11 August.

Enterprise Advisers help open the eyes of students to the wealth of career possibilities available to them. Their real-world business insights are invaluable, and help to shape not just careers education, but entire lives.

EAs are matched with a local secondary school or college’s leadership team, and work strategically to bridge the gap between the world of work and careers education.

The Enterprise Adviser programme:

  • increases the amount of engagement young people have with industry and the world of work
  • helps students raise their career aspirations
  • provides an employer’s perspective on industry and current recruitment practices
  • raises the profile on lesser-known sectors in the region
  • supports a school or college to embed labour market information into the classroom

Becoming an EA is the perfect way to make a positive difference and give back to the local community.

James Taylor, CEO of Macildowe and EA for Stephenson Studio School said,

“After my involvement with the LLEP’s World of Work careers resources, I realised I wanted to make an even bigger impact on careers education.  I’m passionate about making sure opportunities are available for all, especially helping vulnerable and SEND students.  Careers education in schools and colleges needs to show students what is out there and how to move away from less traditional career choices and pathways.”

Keith Hobbs, Head Teacher of the school said,

“We really have ‘hit the jackpot’ with James Taylor as our Enterprise Adviser. Together, we have already taken significant steps towards achieving our mission of delivering world class careers, employability and enterprise education. I hope that our partnership provides reciprocal benefit as Business and School Leaders work together to shape the future and change lives.”

See our case study on James’ impact as he shares his top tips as an EA here.

You don’t need to be an education expert, so if you are interested in becoming an EA, have a read of our FAQs and email the LLEP Careers Hub at ean@llep.org.uk to find out more.


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