Your skills and experience can help the next generation into the world of work

The West of England Combined Authority is searching for leaders from local organisations to become Enterprise Advisers with a local school.

Aimed at improving access to meaningful career and work experience, there are now 30 Enterprise Advisers linked with schools across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset.

Business leaders are trained to work with a schools’ senior leadership to help develop employer engagement plans. These are vital for schools to help students gain an understanding of local growth business sectors, make the most of opportunities in the labour market, develop relevant skills and choose appropriate qualifications.

The West of England Local Enterprise Network is now looking for more advisers across all sectors and would very much welcome applicants from the third sector, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

The role of encounters with employers is particularly well evidenced. Young adults who recall four or more encounters with employers while at school are 86 per cent less likely to be NEET (not in employment, education or training). They are also likely to earn around 18 per cent more during their career than their peers who did not have the same opportunities.

Thanks to a new partnership with Future Quest, led by the University of the West of England Bristol, the training and support for the region’s enterprise advisers will continue until 2019. Advisers within the network currently represent small businesses and large organisations such as Marriot Hotels, Wessex Water, Bond Dickenson, Knightstone Housing and the NHS.

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, said: “It’s vital that we give locally-grown talent every opportunity to secure employment, and our Enterprise Advisers are an important part of making this happen

Finance Director Steve Morris works with a South Gloucestershire secondary school and said: “I was interested in taking the opportunity to support a school to increase employer engagement with its students.  As an employer myself, I am conscious of the importance for young people of having direct involvement and contact with the world of work.” Samantha Lee, Head of HR at Bond Dickenson added “Working with Bradley Stoke School has been a way for me to utilize and develop my leadership skills in a new environment as well as support the school with knowledge of the local labour market

The Enterprise Adviser Network is managed by The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. It is supported by The Careers & Enterprise Company that was set up by government in 2015 to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the team at [email protected]

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