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Careers & Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Programme

The Black Country Skills Factory continues to work with The Careers & Enterprise Company to roll out this national initiative - a network of Enterprise Advisers across the Black Country.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work who work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and employment.

Aims of Enterprise Adviser network

The Enterprise Adviser network is the flagship initiative for the Careers & Enterprise Company which was set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. The Adviser network is based on research that shows that greater contact with employers among young people leads to better employment outcomes.

The Black Country Skills Factory aims to link all Black Country secondary schools with an Enterprise Adviser working in partnership with Wolverhampton LA and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce across the Black Country, and has 4 Coordinators to support the School and Enterprise Advisers

What are Enterprise Advisers and what do they do? 

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes including the self-employed). Working alongside the Coordinators and directly with school and college leaders, they are responsible for helping schools and colleges build careers and enterprise and employer engagement plans drawing on their own local business networks.

The Enterprise Advisers work alongside the Coordinators to support schools to identify and plan actions to ensure the schools are better able to meet the Gatsby benchmarks as identified in the National Careers Strategy released by government in December 2017.

More information can be found at

The programme will be delivered from September 2015 to September 2020. Further information about this programme is available here

If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser and supporting this local initiative, please click here.









Alternatively, please contact Angela Moore (Lead Schools & Business Officer at or call 01384 471116 for an informal discussion.


Enterprise Adviser Celebration Event September 2017

In September 2017 more than 100 representatives from the world of education and work gathered to celebrate the success of the Enterprise Adviser Network in the Black Country.

Stewart Towe CBE DL Chair of the Black Country LEP and Chairman and Managing Director of Hadley Group opened proceedings to endorse and say thank you to our Enterprise Advisers for making the Network in the Black Country a success.  Other speakers included pupils from Holly Hall Academy and Barr Beacon School.

To view pictures of the Skills Factory Careers and Enterprise Company Celebration event 2017 please click here.