The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme being delivered at a local level across Norfolk and Suffolk, recruiting senior business leaders to work voluntarily with secondary schools and colleges as ‘Enterprise Advisers’. Enterprise Advisers work strategically with senior leaders in schools and colleges, supporting them to develop and enhance their business engagement plans. The aim, to improve the quality and consistency of careers, work related & enterprise education delivered to students and to broker activities with businesses and enterprise providers. The volunteers will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience of the world of work to help develop a comprehensive action plan for careers education, fully supporting young people between 11 and 18 years old.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Programme has been developed from Lord Young’s ‘Enterprise for All’ report which highlighted the importance of “motivating young people to learn and excel in their education…to see the relevance of their studies”. With support from the national Careers and Enterprise Company, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership working through its partners in Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils is delivering this national programme across the East.
There are huge benefits to becoming an Enterprise Adviser, for you and your business. Through connecting with your local secondary school or college you will have:
- The opportunity to help shape the future workforce
- A chance to make a real difference to inspire and motivate young people
- The ability to challenge local skills issues
- Personal development opportunities
- An invaluable insight into the world of education
- An opportunity to showcase your company
The Network is currently recruiting senior, local business individuals across the two counties. We are looking for credible, innovative and passionate individuals to help us achieve this strategic link and set the next generation of our workforce on the path to success.
To be an Enterprise Adviser, ideally you will be:
- Passionate about raising the career ambitions and work prospects of young people in Norfolk and Suffolk
- Interested in helping senior leaders in schools and colleges improve their links with the business community
- A self-starter, willing and able to work at a strategic level
If you are interested in becoming and Enterprise Adviser, please take a moment to click here and complete a short survey. This will help us to direct your application to the correct Enterprise Coordinator, determine your suitability for the role, and understand the type of school or college you would like to work with.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is supported by six Enterprise Coordinators who provide business leaders with a professional service which includes;
- High quality training
- Matching Enterprise Advisers to schools and colleges
- Extensive, ongoing support
They are working across Norfolk and Suffolk to recruit Enterprise Advisers and match them to secondary schools, colleges, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)/Short Stay Schools, Special/Complex Needs Schools and Further Education colleges. The coordinators are as follows:
North Norfolk, South Norfolk, Great Yarmouth: Hannah Colledge
Breckland & Broadland: Katherine Flint
Norwich Opportunity Area: Stewart Damonsing
Lowestoft & Waveney: Luke Uttley
Ipswich & East Suffolk: Darian Vomund
Ipswich Opportunity Area: Jordan Holder
To find out more about becoming an Enterprise Adviser or more information about the EAN, please contact Natasha Waller, Skills Manager at the LEP on 01603 274593 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources and further information
The Enterprise Adviser Network has produced leaflets on the benefits both to business and to schools of getting involved, an Enterprise Adviser Network Roadmap and a full brief for the role of an Enterprise Adviser. Click on the titles below to read more.
The video below was created by one of our student volunteers at the New Anglia EAN ‘Bridging the Gap’ Conference in March 2018 (Credit: Thomas Johnson)
"I was pleased to be able to contribute to a conference which had an aim that really resonated with my own beliefs about the importance of providing young people with experiences that can inspire them and raise their aspirations.”
–Ellen Flower, a year 13 student at Taverham High School who helped at the Bridging the Gap event