Could you be an Enterprise Adviser?

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Could you be our next Enterprise Adviser?

As we move into 2022, the Lancashire Career Hub continues to be grateful for the support of the many Enterprise Advisers across Lancashire who share their time and expertise with schools and colleges for the benefit of their students. Like everyone else, the Hub has adapted to new ways of working to ensure Career Leaders are able to access support from business and enterprise leaders in the network, ensuring high quality careers provision is still offered to all students.

Each school and college must work towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks which are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Enterprise Advisers are particularly impactful across Benchmark 5, encounters with employers and employees, and Benchmark 6, experiences of workplaces. With around 20 current gaps, could you be one of our next Enterprise Advisers?

You will use your business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person’s education.

Our Enterprise Advisers come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired. As an Enterprise Adviser you can use your unique business experience to inspire young people and prepare them for when they leave education.

Evidence proves that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

Tracy Murphy, owner of Space Coaching and Consulting Ltd, shares her experience as an Enterprise Adviser:

“A couple of weeks ago I did some presentations via Teams to the students (at Mount Carmel R C High) around my ‘3 p’s of Impressive Interviews’ (be prepared, be positive and be present) and the school had arranged a mock interview day following the presentations, where a variety of local businesses kindly donated their time to interview students and give all important feedback.

The day wasn’t without its ups and downs but the organiser, Chris Barratt (Raising Aspirations Co-ordinator), along with the support of the headteacher, Xavier Bowers, did an amazing job, setting up virtual interviews, dealing with technical hitches and constantly checking that the students and employers had everything they needed. On the day almost 150 students were interviewed by 34 organisations from small business owners to large government organisations on subjects ranging from commentary to cooking. It turned out to be a huge success, one that the school are quite rightly incredibly proud of.

Just a little reminder then for me that what makes me feel worthwhile is my passion for developing people and unlocking potential in others, especially younger people.

The rewards I get from my role as Enterprise Adviser, having a small hand in helping the school to help the students understand different careers and make informed choices, are endless. I get to give something back to the community whilst sharing my joy and passion for nurturing and developing people, watching them grow.

It’s an incredibly worthwhile volunteering role and if, like me, you want to give something back, please consider becoming an Enterprise Adviser yourself and suggesting this role to your family, friends or your business contacts within your community.”

You can hear more from some of our existing Enterprise Advisers and how they are working with Schools & Colleges in their local area via the video links below

The Regenda Group



Pendleside Hospice

Blackpool Transport



You can also volunteer to “Give an Hour” of your time and share your career journey and insights with young people in schools and colleges in your local community. Your unique industry knowledge and experience as someone who owns or works for a business can make a difference to the options a young person considers for their careers. You could be the person who changes the life of a young person, just by showing them what is possible.

If you would like to volunteer to help support the Schools and Colleges part of the Lancashire Careers Hub, then please follow the link below to register your interest as soon as possible

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