The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network

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Inspiring and preparing young people with the skills they need for the fast-changing world of work across New Anglia

'Employer engagement has made the single biggest impact in my school, we’ve gone from shrugs to aspirations and our teachers have noticed a difference in lessons’ – Careers Lead, Hewett Academy
“Our Enterprise Adviser has supported us to evaluate CIAG across the school and has been a source of advice and guidance in making improvements in all areas of the curriculum. The network has also helped us to make contact with a wider range of businesses who have worked with us to provide learning opportunities and experiences for our pupils” - Headteacher, Sheringham Woodfields

Research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers while at school are five times less likely to become not in education, employer or training (NEET) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such employer engagement. To read more click here.

The ambition of the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is to increase employer engagements to ensure every student in New Anglia has at least one meaningful encounter with the world of work every year they are at school. Our Enterprise Adviser Network matches schools and colleges with business volunteers to help create powerful, lasting partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and careers programme providers.

Using Labour Market Information, we highlight and promote the key sectors of the New Anglia Local Industrial Strategy, as well as supporting the New Anglia LEP Sector Skills Plan, which have been developed to address the skills needs in the region’s key sectors.

To do this, we have a team of dedicated Enterprise Coordinators who each support around 20 schools and colleges in their area and link them to local business.

  • Our offer to schools & colleges:
    • All secondary (11-19) schools and colleges, including alternative provision and SEND schools in New Anglia, are invited to sign up to this project. Your dedicated Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser will work with you (one per school/college) to improve your careers and enterprise activity and engage you more closely with the world of work.
  • Benefits for schools and colleges:
    • Helps your school or college to meet Ofsted requirements for Careers Guidance, Enterprise and Employability and supports you to achieve the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
    • Strengthens links between education providers and businesses.
    • Creates powerful, mutually beneficial links between your school or college and the local business community.
    • Gains greater awareness of the local labour market.
    • Helps your young people to understand more about employability skills and qualities.
    • Increases the contact all young people have with local businesses.
  • EAN School Coverage 
    • Click here to view a map of the school's currently engaged and working with the EAN in Norfolk and Suffolk and matched with an Enterprise Adviser.

To sign up your school or college, please contact EAN & Careers Hub Manager Glen Todd or call 07384 113189

Being an Enterprise Adviser gives you the unique opportunity to work with a specific school or college, supporting them strategically and operationally to improve their careers programme and strengthen their links with the world of work.

  • What is an Enterprise Adviser?
    • Enterprise Advisers are volunteer business leaders who work directly with the leadership teams of individual schools and colleges. These volunteers help to develop effective, strategic employer engagement plans to enhance careers and enterprise learning within the curriculum.
  • Benefits for businesses
    • A chance to help shape the future workforce.
    • Easier access to schools for employer engagement and interaction.
    • Great opportunities to develop your own employees.
    • Showcase your company or business sector.
  •  To read more about the role of an Enterprise Adviser, please click here.
  • EAN Business Coverage 
    • Click here to view a map of the businesses currently engaged and working with the EAN in Norfolk and Suffolk and matched with an Enterprise Adviser.
There are also lots of other ways you can get involved and support your local school or college. We are often looking for volunteers for career events such as mock interview sessions, assembly talks, CV workshops, dragon den events, mentoring and stereotype busting workshops. To learn more about supporting your local school or college or to sign up to become an Enterprise Adviser, please contact EAN & Careers Hub Manager Glen Todd or call 07384 113189
  • Norwich Opportunity Area
    • The Norwich Opportunity Area was launched by the government to raise education standards locally, providing every child and young person in the area with the chance to reach their full potential in life. There are three main priorities in this area:
      • Improving early speech, listening and language.
      • Raising attainment through targeted support and development for teachers and school leaders and supporting children at risk of exclusion from school.
      • Providing the information and support young people need to move from education into work.
    • The Enterprise Adviser Network works under priority 3 and is active in the schools within Norwich.
    • For more information about the projects and initiatives operating in the Norwich Opportunity Area, click here.
  • Ipswich Opportunity Area
    • Ipswich is one of the 12 areas in England chosen by the government as an opportunity area (OA), designed to unlock the potential of England’s young people through education. The aim is for all children and young people in Ipswich to fulfil their potential and access the opportunities available to them, regardless of their background. There are four main priorities in this area;
      • Priority One: Ensuring all children in Ipswich are prepared for adult life by developing key behaviours such as resilience and self-regulation.
      • Priority Two: Improving attainment for disadvantaged pupils by embedding evidence-based practice in the teaching of English and maths.
      • Priority Three: Inspiring and equipping young people with the skills and guidance they need to pursue an ambitious career pathway.
      • Priority Four: Strengthening the teaching profession in Ipswich by providing world-class support and development.
      • The Enterprise Adviser Network works under priority three and is active in the schools within Ipswich.
    • For more information about the projects and initiatives operating in the Ipswich Opportunity Area click here
  • Cornerstone Employers
    • Across the two Opportunity Areas we work with cornerstone employers to support the delivery of the Enterprise Adviser Network. Cornerstone employers give strategic support to clusters of secondary schools and colleges to empower careers provision in an area. To find out more about becoming a cornerstone employer, please click here.
      • Our cornerstones in Norwich are: Aviva, Grant Thornton, Howes Percival, KMPG, Morgan Sindall, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich City Football Club and Norfolk County Council.
      • Our cornerstones in Ipswich are: Ipswich Building Society, Grant Thornton, Suffolk County Council, BT, Ipswich Town Football Club, Morgan Sindall, John Grose, Realise Futures and Lloyds Banking Group.
These case studies are taken from across the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and aim to provide a resource for Careers Coordinators and Careers Leads, showcasing the some of the incredible work happening across the network. Each case study include contact details of an Enterprise Coordinator who can give more details of the best practice evidenced. Where appropriate, they also contain relevant links and resources.

Gatsby Benchmark 1

Gatsby Benchmark 2

Gatsby Benchmark 3

Gatsby Benchmark 4

Gatsby Benchmark 5

Gatsby Benchmark 6

Gatsby Benchmark 7

Gatsby Benchmark  8

The ‘I Love My Job’ section is a resource for Careers Coordinators, Careers Leads and subject Teachers, showcasing the career pathways taken by local people across a wide variety of sectors, and the educational and vocational routes they have taken to achieve their current role. Each person gives practical advice about how to succeed in the industry they work in and what they love most about their role. They can be used in subject lessons or to form a careers activity to give practical examples of real, local job roles.

Construction and Development 

Digital, Creative and IT 

Financial Services and Insurance 



Local Enterprise Partnership 

Ports and Logistics

'I love my Apprenticeship'

“The collaborative work between The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and Attleborough Academy Norfolk has been of great benefit to our students. As we continue to offer quality and meaningful careers guidance and opportunities for our students the support of our Enterprise Advisers has been instrumental.” - Careers Lead, Attleborough Academy
“It is a great pleasure having the opportunity to work so closely with the staff and pupils at Sheringham Woodfields School. Employers quite naturally have concerns about engaging with young people with SEND; helping the local business community to realise the value these young people can bring to an employer is immensely satisfying for me, the employer, the pupils and the school as a whole.” – Enterprise Adviser, Sheringham Woodfields

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