Providing careers education in schools and colleges is essential to help young people regain confidence in their future, after years of uncertainty. They need help to understand the opportunities available and how to access them.

We need volunteers to partner with a local secondary school or college as Enterprise Advisers, using your skills, business experience and networks to help develop a strong careers programme.

We're proud to be partnering with the Careers & Enterprise Company to recruit Enterprise Advisers, providing an opportunity to use your unique expertise to bring work to life and shape the workplace of the future.

Who are Enterprise Advisers?

Enterprise Advisers are professionals from any industry, including HR, who volunteer to work directly with a school or college to develop a strong careers programme and help create opportunities for young people.

What do Enterprise Advisers do?

Make a difference to young people’s career prospects

  • A young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training).
  • Support school and college leadership teams to develop an effective careers programme
  • Over three-quarters (77%) of schools and colleges say that their careers provision has improved since connecting with an Enterprise Adviser.

Highlight skills that employers are looking for

Use industry and professional knowledge to demystify what employers look for in their future talent.

Drive equality in careers education and tackle youth unemployment

Enterprise Advisers work to improve access to information, advice and networks for every student – there should be no barriers to meaningful careers advice. Our network of over 800 Enterprise Advisers are supporting the government’s mission of connecting all secondary schools in England with an Enterprise Adviser.

What's involved?

You’ll be connected to a secondary school, special educational needs school, pupil referral unit or Further Education College in England for one year, working directly with them on:

  • Supporting the school or college's senior leadership team strategically to develop and evaluate their careers plan.
  • Providing a valuable employer's perspective on how a school or college can embed labour market information and opportunities into the careers programme.
  • Engaging with local businesses and employers in your network to put a wide variety of careers opportunities at the heart of young people's education.

Who can be an Enterprise Adviser?

You'll be:

  • An HR or business professional from any industry sector or professional background, either employed, self-employed or or recently retired.
  • Dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people.
  • Willing to volunteer your time to achieve positive change in local schools and colleges using core skills.
  • Able to use your existing networks or create new links between employers and schools.

Any questions/more information?

If you’d like more details, take a look at our resources below. You can also watch our free webinar about the programme.

If you have any questions, get in touch at

Case studies
Laura Levy: Enterprise Adviser, London

Laura Levy: Enterprise Adviser, London

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