Enterprise Advisers & Employers

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers drawn from businesses who work directly with the school or college’s leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans.

They work with other local businesses to equip young people with the skills they need. The EAN is founded on the support of local business and support can be provided in several ways. Find out below how to get involved with the Birmingham EAN.

Get involved with the Birmingham Enterprise Adviser Network

Give time to a school as an Enterprise Adviser

Benefits of Being a part of the EAN for individuals

  • A chance to support their local school or college and wider community
  • A skills-based leadership development opportunity
  • Access to an evidence base that focuses on “what works” in school or college engagement to improve ROI
  • An opportunity to access and develop local business networks

An Enterprise Adviser should be:

  • Passionate about unlocking the potential and enhancing the future prospects of young people
  • Committed to supporting a school or college for one academic year, 8 hours per month
  • Credible with the leadership team of a school or college
  • Well connected within local business networks

What is involved in being an Enterprise Adviser?

As an Enterprise Adviser, you will:

  • Commit 8 hours per month for one academic year
  • Work in partnership with the senior leadership team of a local school or college to develop an employer-led careers strategy for the students
  • Put your professional experience and existing networks to use by engaging them with the school or college
  • Network with other Enterprise Advisers to share careers activity best practices to help raise standards on a national scale

How are Enterprise Advisers supported?

Enterprise Advisers are supported by:

  • A full-time Enterprise Coordinator from the local community to guide and support you
  • The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) who will create a coalition of local organisations
  • Reference guides and toolkits containing evidence-based strategies to assist you in your conversations
  • Initial induction and regular training
  • Invitations to national Careers & Enterprise Company events

Match-fund an Enterprise Coordinator and EAN Activities

Support the Enterprise Co-ordinators

The Enterprise Coordinators work to develop relationships with schools, match senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to act as Enterprise Advisers, and support the EAN with information, contacts and networks

Enterprise Coordinators in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region are aligned with key sectors for the region; sectors identified in the strategic economic plan destined for growth with jobs and opportunities for our citizens now and in the future. Their links with businesses, established networks and supporting partnership organisations mean that there is every opportunity to recruit the best of local employer volunteers and collaborate effectively

What will you see from Enterprise Coordinators?

Depending on the role you take within the region’s careers and enterprise programme, you can expect to see:

  • Regular news and updates regarding the programme, and local Labour Market Information
  • Events, seminars, training and networking for Enterprise Advisers and Industry Champions
  • Information and support for Enterprise Advisers in delivering their schools strategic engagement plan, including reference guides and toolkits
  • A calendar of careers-related for young people across Greater Birmingham and Solihull

What support do Enterprise Coordinators require?

CEC is providing 50% of the funding required for Enterprise Coordinators, so our team must provide the rest of their funding before work can begin:

  • Each Enterprise Coordinator must match-fund £12,500 from their sector
  • Enterprise Coordinators will also be looking to local businesses to support the careers activities with resources including, time, venues and employer careers materials

Be an industry champion for schools

To support the work of Enterprise advisers we are also looking for dynamic and enthusiastic Industry Champions to work directly with young people in our schools and colleges on a range of activities. We will build a network of Industry Champions that can represent an array of job roles and career paths from all industries. Industry Champions will be individuals working at any level in an organisation, be it as CEO, sole trader, freelancer or apprentice, who has an interest in sharing their experiences of work and promoting the industry. The Industry Champion role is a rewarding experience for staff at any level and offers an opportunity for staff to develop their skills

What is involved in being an Industry Champion?

As an Industry Champion, you will:

  • Be directly involved with delivering activities for young people in schools
  • Have an ability to present your role, experience and knowledge with a positive energy and strong understanding of your industry
  • Commit some time to careers and enterprise activity in schools such as giving talks/presentations at school/college events, mentoring young people, attending careers fairs, giving site tours, offering work experience opportunities
  • Work across the region with different schools

How are Industry Champions supported?

Industry Champions will be supported with:

  • The formation of a local Industry Champions Network
  • Training on delivering effective school talks and presentations
  • Mentor training
  • A year-long calendar of careers encounters to draw upon and feed into
  • Support and best practice insights from Enterprise Coordinators

Upcoming Volunteering Opportunities for Employers

Birmingham schools are always in need of more support from local businesses to help give their students the best chance in life post-education. Below is a list of current needs from careers leads looking to provide more encounters with employers for their students.




Date, Time & Venue


How to get involved

Maths in the Workplace  - Ninestiles School, an Academy

Tuesday 26th March 2019

12.00 - 15.00

To enable Year 9 pupils to find out about how different job roles use maths in routine as well as specialised activities.

Employers will be seated in the main assembly hall. Pupils will prepare questions and have the opportunity to talk to employers. Employers should focus on how Maths may be used to complete generic tasks (e.g. expenses) as well as specific job roles. This is run like a speed dating activity, with the students having 10 minutes with each employer.

 Please contact Natalie Sutton: natalie.sutton@ninestiles.org.uk


Julie Stirrup Enterprise Coordinator

Julie .A Stirrup @birminghamgov.uk

Hillcrest Girls School - Careers and Education Event

Thursday 11th April 

09.00 - 11.30

(set up from 08.30)

An opportunity for students to engage with employers and educational providers. Employers from all sectors would be most welcome. Businesses, organisations, the self-employed, training providers, educational establishments etc.Employers from sectors which do not usually attract many females would be good.

 Please contact Jessica Abbotts: jabbotts@hillcrest.bham.sch.uk


Mike Pipe - Enterprise Coordinator


North Birmingham Academy 

Yr 11 Practice Interview Day 

Monday 29th April 2019

09.30 - 14.30 

The event was a huge success last year and our year 11 students really benefitted from meeting with a professional from the world of higher education, further education, employability, apprenticeships, recruitment and business.  We would therefore like to ask if you are free to come to the event and support the process of putting the year 11 through a formal careers and employability interview.

My mission is to inject aspiration into my students.  This is an on-going task that the school and I are deeply passionate about.  We want every year 11 to leave school on a progressive route right for them which is why this day is so important in careers calendar

Dee Long

Tel: 0121 474 1647 EXT: 3342   Mobile: 07854536865    


Ninestiles School, An Academy Year 10 Practice Interview Day

15th, 16th and 17th May 2019

09.30 - 15.00

This is a Practice Interview Day for Year 10 students. Students have to attend an interview with an employer, they arrive in school uniform with their CV and a covering letter

Employers are asked to interview the student for approximately 20 minutes, they are provided with questions but you can ask questions you feel appropriate connected to their CV.  After the interview employers feedback to students for approximately 10 minutes on how they presented themselves, behaved during interview and on the quality of their letter and CV.  Employers usually interview approximately six students during the morning

 Please contact Natalie Sutton: natalie.sutton@ninestiles.org.uk


Julie Stirrup Enterprise Coordinator

Julie .A Stirrup @birminghamgov.uk

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

Y10 Careers Day

Wednesday 26th June 2019

09.00 - 15.30

The event will be part of enrichment week to provide students with the opportunity to find out about the world of work, the wide range of job opportunities and the routes and qualifications needed to undertake the roles.  Our students are highly academic and the vast majority will be starting their working lives having completed degrees.

As a school we wish to promote careers linked to creative subjects (Art, Drama) as well as the humanities (History, Politics, Geography, Psychology, Economics). In addition volunteers from legal, medical (all aspects and NHS roles), dental, veterinary, pharmaceutical, engineering roles would be welcomed as many of our students are interested in these areas.

We would aslo welcome anyone who does anything which they consider to be unusual or you think that 14/15 year old girls may not know about.


During the day there will be 4 repeated sessions (1.25 hours long) where different groups of students will aim to find out as much as possible about your job and the route/qualifications needed to undertake your role.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact

Mrs A Gahir


0121 444 2150


Mike Pipe - Enterprise Coordinator 


For Careers and Enterprise enquiries please contact John Garrett

on john.garrett@bep.education or 0121 285 0924