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  • The Careers & Enterprise Company has recruited and trained 150 Enterprise Advisers in the capital to inspire young people about the work and the careers landscape.

  • London’s Enterprise Adviser network celebrates one year of strengthening links between education and business in the capital

  • 150 Enterprise Advisers now working with 75 schools across London

  • Skills and Apprentices Minister Robert Halfon today visited girls school in East London to see network first hand


Business executives from some of the world’s biggest companies are volunteering in schools across London as part of an enterprise network designed to support young people into the world of work.

The London Enterprise Adviser network – which marks its one-year anniversary this week – aims to strengthen links between education and business to inspire young people about their careers and the workplace.

Established by the government-backed Careers & Enterprise Company and on behalf of the London LEP, the network has so far recruited and trained 150 Enterprise Advisers in London – senior business volunteers from some 120 organisations who support 75 schools across 14 London boroughs.

The volunteers, who are from companies such as Microsoft, KPMG, Capgemini and Pearson, as well as a range of smaller organisations, start-ups and SMEs, provide schools with access to local business networks, deliver careers talks and advise students about employment options to help shape career programmes and activities.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon today (13th October) met with pupils, teachers and Enterprise Advisers at Sarah Bonnell School in Stratford, East London, to see first-hand how the network operates and to gain insight into young people’s perceptions of what the workplace is like.

Mr Halfon said: “It is fantastic to see how the Careers & Enterprise Company’s Enterprise Adviser Network is empowering and encouraging young people across the capital to learn about the world of work - especially young women here at Sarah Bonnell School. I look forward to more schools and colleges taking advantage of this successful network to help every student get on the ladder of opportunity.”

The Careers & Enterprise Company launched the network in partnership with Team London – the Mayor of London’s volunteering initiative in October 2015.

The idea behind the network is that there is clear evidence that if young people have multiple high quality experiences of the world of work they are more likely to be employed and will earn significantly more during their career.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “Our Enterprise Advisers are creating a step change across the country in the way that young people are exposed to the world of work. They bridge the gap between education and employers by providing access to local business networks, critical insight into career routes and experiences of the workplace. It’s vital that young people have these experiences if they are to succeed in today’s fast changing employment market. I am delighted that we have reached this major milestone in our London network.”

Sarah Hughes, an Enterprise Adviser at Sarah Bonnell school who has also worked for companies such as Starbucks, Clinton Cards and Electrolux, said she joined the network as a way of giving back to her local community.

She said: “The Enterprise Adviser Network has the potential to really shake up how careers education is viewed and delivered in the UK. It can help schools focus on effectively supporting students work out what they like and enjoy doing as much as what they like and enjoy learning by using the frontline expertise of the volunteers to help shape practical careers education strategies.”

Kirsty Pearce-Perkins, the school’s other Enterprise Adviser who has worked in the recruitment, investment banking, oil and gas and education sectors, said: “Being part of the Enterprise Adviser Network has allowed me to use my expertise to help the programme. I have also been able to draw upon best practice and share what I have learned within my own employment. It is wonderful to get so much back while investing into the programme as much as I can.”

Ricky Archer, Assistant Headteacher, said: “We have been delighted with the impact of the Enterprise Adviser programme. Our Enterprise Advisers have become a critical friend, enabling us to offer the girls opportunities that we previously wouldn’t have considered.”

In total, the Careers & Enterprise Company has recruited more than 1,000 business volunteer Enterprise Advisers across England and more than 1,000 schools and colleges have signed up to the scheme.