‘Rewrite the Story’ and become a voluntary Enterprise Adviser
Have you got a passion for supporting education, and helping to shape careers provision and opportunities for a local school or college in East Sussex and their young people? If so, a role as a voluntary Enterprise Adviser with the Careers Enterprise Company and East Sussex Careers Hub may be for you!
Working with a local school or college, your role as an Enterprise Adviser can help support pathways into your industry and shape young people's futures. You can help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college to create opportunities for young people.
Here in the East Sussex Careers Hub team, we are already supporting over 30 Enterprise Advisers across our mainstream and SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) schools and colleges across the East Sussex County Council area, but have vacancies available with local College, secondary and SEND schools. You would be matched to a school or college, with your full agreement and support, and which best suits you, your location, skills and objectives.
You would receive access to training, CPD and networking events, and ongoing support from your Enterprise Coordinator throughout the role. There is no set expectation upon how many hours you commit to the role, but on average our Enterprise Advisers volunteer for half to one day (4 - 8 hours) per month, and a requirement of the role would be to undergo a criminal record DBS check prior to starting (no charge).
What is an Enterprise Adviser?
- A business professional who comes from any industry sector or professional background, be that employed, self-employed or recently employed.
- Dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people.
- Willing to volunteer your time to achieve positive change in local schools and colleges, using core skills including relationship building and being analytical.
You can find out more about the Careers Enterprise Company and the role at: https://enterpriseadviser.careersandenterprise.co.uk/becoming-an-enterprise-adviser/
To find out more about the East Sussex Careers Hub and the role on a local level, as well as our other employer initiatives, please visit our website where you can also find a short video with some of our local volunteers: https://careerseastsussex.co.uk/advice/careers-hub/enterprise-adviser-network/what-is-the-enterprise-adviser-network/
There are a huge number of benefits to becoming an Enterprise Adviser, both personally and professionally, including:
- Undertake strategic planning in a new context
- Develop your skills in communication and strategy development
- Support your local school or college to deliver world class careers guidance to their students.
- Build strong working relationships with your local school or college and provide insight into your organisation and industry.
- Join a national and local network to develop your own skills.
- Give back to your local community.
- Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.
- Support your own recruitment and talent pipelines
- Supporting the school or college's senior leadership team strategically to develop and evaluate their careers plan.
- Providing a valuable employer's perspective on how a school or college can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.
- Engaging with local businesses and employers in your network to put a wide variety of careers opportunities at the heart of young people's education
Relevant knowledge, skills and competencies
Evidence of any of the following would be of benefit to you in the Enterprise Adviser role, and you would be matched to an appropriate school or college that best suits your skills, knowledge and expertise.
- Relationship and Stakeholder Management. The EA will be able to build relationships and influence the Careers Leader, SLT, Governors and other teaching staff within the school or college. An EA is also able to draw on their wider network to build new relationships alongside the school.
- Analytical skills. An EA is able to support the Careers Leader and SLT to interpret data, evaluate plans and reflect on past activity.
- Strategic Planning. An EA is able to work with the Careers Leader and SLT to set a vision for careers with a strategic plan and compelling business case. At times this may require experience of change management or supporting a culture shift within the school or college.
- Communication. Be able to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, being persuasive and showing leadership. An EA can support and coach their Careers Leader using strong emotional intelligence and being a critical friend.
- Well connected to employers and the self-employed and have established networks and contacts which they are willing to share.
- Have a sound knowledge and understanding of the needs of the local labour market and a willingness to promote these and embed these within the school or college.
Please register your initial interest in applying at: https://enterpriseadviser.careersandenterprise.co.uk/register/
If you have any initial questions or would like to arrange an informal discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Company: East Sussex Council & Careers Enterprise Company
Location: Various in East Sussex including Lewes, Eastbourne, Rother, Wealden, Bexhill, Hastings
Salary: Voluntary (£0) but travel expenses can be reimbursed
Contract Type: Voluntary, ideally 1 academic year minimum commitment
Hours: Flexible approx. 0.5 – 1 day per month