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