Join the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network

You can inspire young people and prepare them for the future of work. With your help, schools and colleges can give students the skills they need to succeed. Your first step is to volunteer to become an Enterprise Adviser.

The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) aims to increase employer engagement with schools and colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk. We want every student to have at least one positive industry experience every year they are at school. We match schools and colleges with business volunteers and careers programme providers to create powerful, lasting partnerships that inspire young people.

Research shows that the more contact students have with employers at school, the better their life chances. They are five times less likely to end up as a NEET (not in education, employment or training). They tend to earn up to 18% more in full-time employment than colleagues who had no engagement with employers.

Case Study - Hewett Academy

‘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 dedicated Enterprise Coordinators each support around 20 schools and colleges in their area. They link them with volunteer Enterprise Advisers and local businesses. Their work helps to promote the key sectors in our region, as identified in our Economic Strategy, and address their skills needs.

Find out more the role of an Enterprise Adviser here – or contact our EAN & Careers Hub Manager, Glen Todd: email [email protected]lia.co.uk or call 07384 113189

Want to know more about what we do?

  • 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 EAN in Norwich, please contact Glen Todd [email protected]
    • 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 EAN in Ipswich, please contact Jordan Holder [email protected]
        • For more information about the projects and initiatives operating in the Ipswich Opportunity Area click here
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  • 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


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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 


Health 


Energy


Local Enterprise Partnership 


Ports and Logistics


‘I love my Apprenticeship’

New Anglia LEP supports the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival

Over the two days, the festival was visited by 7,850 young people, teachers and parents from over 70 schools across the country and wider region. They were able to explore skills and careers opportunities with over 75 exhibitor stands representing 86 local and national employers, training providers and careers advisers.

For more information regarding the Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival, please click here.