Enterprise Adviser FAQs


Below are a series of frequently asked questions to help employers understand the role of the Black Country Enterprise Adviser:


Q. What are Enterprise Advisers?
A. Enterprise Advisers are high calibre volunteers from the world of work with experience of employment or self-employment, who will work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and employment, supporting the school to achieve the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

Q. What is the purpose of the Enterprise Adviser role?
A. The Enterprise Adviser aims to:

  • Support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement aimed at achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Provide access to their local business networks
  • Help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people.

Q. What activities are involved in the Enterprise Adviser role?
A. The Enterprise Adviser will work with a school or college on a one to one basis and will:

  • Be committed to supporting a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one meeting per month
  • Develop, shape or add value to the school or college‚Äôs careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy
  • Conduct an initial diagnostic and support the school or college in identifying priority areas for support
  • Use their contacts to encourage a wider group of employers or the self-employed to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies
  • Commit to developing a good understanding of the wider employment base in their locality and sector
  • Engage in the LEP Enterprise Adviser induction programmes
  • Join the LEP Enterprise Adviser Network group and attend the network meetings
  • Share best practice across the Enterprise Adviser Network and provide support to other Enterprise Advisers
  • Utilise the resources provided by the Enterprise Co-ordinator such as the toolkit and LMI
  • Promote the role of Enterprise Advisers amongst existing contacts and networks to contribute to the recruitment of new Enterprise Advisers.

Q. What support will I receive? 
A. Enterprise Advisers will be supported by a full-time Co-ordinator who will have simple tools available to lay out the range of programmes available to schools and colleges nationally and locally, for example: speakers in schools, CV and skill building, work experience and Local LMI

Q. Do I get paid? 
A. No. The Enterprise Adviser role is a voluntary role.

Q. How much time do I have to commit? 
A. You will be expected to support a school or college for at least 1 academic year, committing a minimum of one meeting per month.

Q. Who will put me in touch with schools? 
A. The Enterprise Adviser will be matched and introduced to a school or college by the Enterprise Co-ordinator.