Enterprise Adviser Network

The Enterprise Adviser Network connects local business leaders with schools, helping to motivate and inspire young people.

The project supports young people in making choices about their future career, helping to shape and influence their employment plans.

Schools are matched with an employer for at least a year – these volunteer Enterprise Advisers work strategically with schools to put together an effective plan that links careers provision with business and economy needs. The aim is to strengthen the links between employers and education, helping them to increase strategic planning and tackle skills provision together.

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a key part of the Heart of The South West’s strategic economic plan to develop a skilled workforce, ensuring young people are equipped with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy.

The project was rolled out to 36 schools across the Heart of the South West area in September 2016, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.

In November 2016 additional funding was secured, allowing the project to roll out to a further 27 schools. Six special schools were also invited to take part.

Funding for the project was secured by HotSW LEP, in conjunction with the four upper tier local authorities. CSW Group is contracted to provide the service, which is being funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Development Agency.

To find out more, please visit www.heartofswlep.co.uk/ean

Funding: £362,500 (£237,500 from Careers & Enterprise Co Ltd and £125,000 match funding).

Start date: Project launched spring 2016; Enterprise Advisers began working in schools in September 2016.