Summary of local context

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser programme will build upon the experience of the Work Inspiration ‘brokerage’ pilot in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft area which helped to test the proposals of Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise for All’ report. Pilot activity focused activity supporting primary and secondary schools and employer volunteers to create opportunities for young people aged 7 to 18 years to develop their employability skills, broaden their horizons and make new connections with local businesses. By July 2015 the pilot had exceeded expected targets with 46 schools supported, 152 employers involved and 3640 young people participating in activities with employers.

The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser programme will build on the pilot and on wider local initiatives including Norfolk’s "Developing Norfolk’s Future Workforce" initiative, and Suffolk’s Raising The Bar initiative which are developing activities to promote awareness by young people, parents/carers and teachers/advisers of New Anglia’s sector skill priorities and has also included testing a new employability framework and trialling an education/employer brokerage model.

Summary of local project

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is currently working through its key partners in Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils to establish the Enterprise Adviser Network for the New Anglia region, with leads in each County Council taking operational responsibility for programme delivery. The New Anglia Steering Group consisting of partners and stakeholders and with direct report through to the New Anglia LEP Skills Board. A priority for the Steering Group is to ensure that all key stakeholders are consulted and engaged in the programme including Norfolk and Suffolk Chambers of Commerce; Business in the Community (BITC); National Careers Service (NCS); STEMNET/Connect EB and The Skills Service.

During the next two years, our ambitions are to:

  • Recruit, train and support a minimum of 150 high calibre business and public sector leaders to take on the roles of volunteer Enterprise Advisers to work strategically with schools and colleges across the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk
  • To engage all secondary schools, academies, special schools/complex needs schools, pupil referral units/short stay schools and other alternative education settings with the New Anglia Enterprise adviser programme

Key stats

  • 42% employers offering work experience
  • 21% employers offering work inspiration
  • 30% 17-18 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 39% 16 year olds poorly prepared for work (employer reported)
  • 7.6% 16-17 year olds NEET
  • 5.5% 18 year olds on apprenticeships
  • 28% A-levels that are STEM
  • 39% of STEM A-level taken by women
  • 52% pupils 5A*-C GCSEs
  • 11% pupils on Free School Meals


Organisations funded

St Helens Chamber
The Ideas Foundation
Business in the Community & Career Ready
WorldSkills UK


New Anglia

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Enterprise Coordinators:

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Hannah Colledge

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Luke Uttley

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Kieren Buxton

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Darian Vomund

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Katherine Flint

  • Thames Valley Berkshire  LEP

    Jordan Holder

  • Josie Finch

  • Ashley Ruthven