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.

Event

Date, Time & Venue

Information

How to get involved

Year 11 ‘Learning for Life’ sessions

Autumn & Spring Term 2018-19

8 x 30 minute sessions: 08.30 - 09.00

St Thomas Aquinas School

Employers to contribute to Year 11 Form-time in the Autumn and Spring Terms and provide insight into aspects of working life including: Time Management, Options after Year 11, Prioritisation, Stress Management, Organisational Skills, Coping with Changes, Putting it all into perspective.

Volunteers who can support Year 11 by contributing to one or more session at this critical time to prepare Year for transition post 16. Please contact William Gay: w.gay@stacs.bham.sch.uk

Hall Green School’s Industry Day 

Tuesday 27th November 2018 

10.40 - 15.15 

Hall Green School

The aim of the day is for all of our Year 7 pupils to obtain Careers Information, Advice and Guidance directly from employers from a range of different career sectors.  

They will Inspire, motivate pupils to fulfil their potential. Showcase the organisations they work for. Enjoy giving back to their local community. Personal development. Please contact m.homer@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk or call 0121 325 6902/ 0121 628 8787  by Friday 19th October 2018 

Apprenticeship Showcase - Year 11

Tuesday 4th December

09.30 - 12.15

Holy Trinity School

The school provides year 11 students with this opportunity to find out about the wide range and levels of Apprenticeships offered by local Training providers, and how to access these. This event offers organisations the chance to promote their training options, and meet the next generation of potential employees.

This is not a traditional Careers Convention. Groups of around 10 pupils, are rotated around the providers to learn about their provision. Representatives are required to speak informally for around 10 minutes about what they offer, and answer questions from students. Please feel free to bring along any presentations about your organisation (desk top only), although bear in mind that this needs to be 10 minutes or less (you may choose to speak directly with the group, rather than use a presentation).
Pupils will have experienced limited preparation on the topic of Apprenticeships. It may be that for the first or second rotation, some generic information on Apprenticeships will be required.

Please contact Annette Hammond: hammond.annette@googlemail.com or 07851 364 862

Mock Interview Session - Year 12

Wednesday 19th December 

13.15 - 15.30

Great Barr Academy

Year 12 students are interviewed by members of the local business community (110 students in the year group)

Local business volunteers from all sectors are welcome. Please contact Lynsey Hackett: l.hackett@greatbarr.bham.sch.uk or 0121 366 7819

'What's my job?' (Year 8)

Tuesday 5th February 2019

11.00 - 15.00

Archbishop Ilsley Catholic School

To improve year 8 (age 12/13) pupil’s understanding of the tasks involved in different jobs, and to dispel stereotypical views about the type and gender of people who do certain types of work. To improve knowledge of the variety of jobs in different sectors, and the training routes into these jobs.

Please dress in a manner not normally associated with your workplace (casual dress is acceptable). Visitors will be seated either singly, or in pairs, at a table. Small groups of young people, age 12/13, will be rotated round the volunteers, and will attempt to guess your job by asking appropriate questions. Visitors can answer” yes” or” no”. After an appropriate length of time, the facilitator will indicate that the visitor can tell the pupils what they do, if they haven’t guessed correctly. The remaining time can be spent explaining  the role. For example, why did you choose the job, your training route, good day, bad day, and potential progression. You may also choose to talk about your everyday tasks, and how you apply key skills such as numeracy, IT and problem solving. 

No preparation is required of visitors. You may choose to bring along some small ”props” as an aid to guessing. If you are in a post with a non specific title, such as Project Manager, it may be easier to “downgrade” yourself to make it easier for pupils to guess a role. 

Please contact Martin Dougan: 0121 706 4200

'What's my job?' (Year 9)

Thursday 7th February 2019

08.45 - 11.30

Arrival and refreshments from 08.00

Holy Trinity School

To improve year 9 (age 13/14) pupil’s understanding of the tasks involved in different jobs, and to dispel stereotypical views about the type and gender of people who do certain types of work. To improve knowledge of the variety of jobs in different sectors, and the training routes into these jobs.

Please dress in a manner not normally associated with your workplace (casual dress is acceptable). Visitors will be seated either singly, or in pairs, at a table. Small groups of young people, age 13/14, will be rotated round the volunteers, and will attempt to guess your job by asking appropriate questions. Visitors can answer” yes” or” no”. After an appropriate length of time, the facilitator will indicate that the visitor can tell the pupils what they do, if they haven’t guessed correctly. The remaining time can be spent explaining  the role. For example, why did you choose the job, your training route, good day, bad day, and potential progression. You may also choose to talk about your everyday tasks, and how you apply key skills such as numeracy, IT and problem solving. 

No preparation is required of visitors. You may choose to bring along some small ”props” as an aid to guessing. If you are in a post with a non specific title, such as Project Manager, it may be easier to “downgrade” yourself to make it easier for pupils to guess a role. 

Please contact Annette Hammond: hammond.annette@googlemail.com or 07851 364 862

Maths in the Workplace  - Ninestiles School, an Academy

Tuesday 26th March 2019

12.00 - 15.00

Ninestiles School, An Academy

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

Ninestiles School, An Academy Year 10 Practice Interview Day

15th, 16th and 17th May 2019

09.30 - 15.00

Ninestiles School, An Academy

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

For Careers and Enterprise enquiries please contact John Garrett

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

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