Careers Hub

Enterprise Advisers

What is an Enterprise Adviser?

A business professional willing to volunteer their time to achieve positive change. Supporting a local school or college, using core skills to create and achieve the school careers programme. East Sussex has over 40 Enterprise Advisers that support our schools with giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers.

Could I be an Enterprise Adviser?

Our Enterprise Advisers come from all industry sectors and professional backgrounds. Be that employed, self-employed or recently employed. Dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people. 

There are many benefits to becoming an Enterprise Adviser, both personally and professionally. 

What does it involve?

  • Join a national and local network to develop your own skills.
  • Build strong working relationships with your local school or college and provide insight into your organisation and industry.
  • Develop your East Sussex networks and give back to our local community. 
  • Supporting the school or college's senior leadership team to develop and evaluate their careers plan and undertake strategic planning in a new context.
  • Provide an employer's perspective on how schools or colleges can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.
  • Develop your skills in communication and strategy development
  • 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.
  • Support your local school or college to deliver world class careers guidance to their students.
  • Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.

Benefits

Volunteering with a school or college could benefit you by:

  • Giving back to the East Sussex community
  • Promoting your brand and sector in the local community
  • Supporting your local school or college to deliver world class guidance to their students
  • Undertaking strategic planning in a new context
  • Develop your skills in communication and strategy development
  • Establish strong relationships with your local school or college and providing insight into your organisation and industry
  • Better understanding the education sector and the challenges faced
  • Networking opportunities across East Sussex through regular network meetings and social media groups.

For more information about becoming an Enterprise Adviser, please contact the East Sussex Careers Hub at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk or visit The Careers and Enterprise Company website.

Resources

Here are some materials to support you to inspire and prepare students for work:

More ideas to bring employers and students together:

  • Have students meet school alumni.
  • Creative Cafés are dynamic half-day events where students meet diverse employers in an informal café-style setting. Structured around a series of tasks, with 6-10 young people per employer, students engage with all the employers through short 5-minute ‘speed dating’ conversations or tasks, before electing to join two employers to do a half hour practical challenge. CultureShift can help you to set this up.
  • Work experience happens throughout the year. For more information or to discuss opportunities please contact the Work Experience team at workexperience@eastsussex.gov.uk
  • Careers Talks are a great way for people to share their careers experience with pupils. Young people love to hear stories about the different routes employers have taken to success. Talks can take place in lessons, assemblies, at lunchtime or during an after school club.
  • Networking with employers helps young people develop their confidence. It provides an opportunity to have conversations with adults, and ask employability questions. Students learn skills such as eye contact, speaking up, and how to perfect the handshake. The growth of the remote working in this digital age this can also delivered online which supports the young peoples digital skills. 
  • Business breakfasts are popular and allow groups of students to meet a variety of employers who can give insight into their journey, role and sector. With an opportunity for Q&As.
  • Mock Interviews involve a short 1-2-1 conversation between employers and learners, like a job interview. Schools will supply employers with suggested questions and employers who can give feedback and coaching. This helping students feel confident and well prepared for their next (or first) job interview. The sessions also give our business volunteers an excellent insight into their future employees. These can also be carried out online.
  • Careers days or careers fairs can take many forms. Schools often like employers to have a stand, with interactive activities to promote their business in an eye-catching way. Employers enjoy talking to pupils to give them ideas for their future and to help them to understand the variety of roles and different pathways into jobs. 
  • Apprenticeship roadshows take place annually in several towns across the county. They are an opportunity for employers to promote their sectors and apprenticeship vacancies to students and parents across East Sussex schools.

For more information about all of these opportunities, please contact the East Sussex Careers Hub at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk