Engage with education

The Enterprise Adviser Network brings together senior business leaders and schools to help inspire young people about their future career options.

Since 2015, our Enterprise Adviser Network has recruited and trained over 110 business leaders as Enterprise Advisers, helped to create 50 employer engagement strategies with schools and reached over 3,500 students across the City Region.

PwC, Burberry and Lloyds are all businesses that are supporting enterprise in education and helping build a stronger local workforce and economy.

Research shows that young people who have multiple encounters with business (four or more) are five times less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and on average, will earn 16% more than those who do not.

How you can help

Become an Enterprise Adviser

Enterprise Advisers bring real business experience to schools and their young people. Giving back and sharing experiences, career advice, and knowledge of job roles and the industry can really impact a young person’s life.

Employers can benefit from becoming part of the Enterprise Adviser Network in a number of ways:

  • It can form part of the business' corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment
  • It gives the business the opportunity to interact with their future consumers as well as their future workforce
  • Some businesses have reported increased employee engagement as a result of the programme
  • The programme allows employers to support their local economy

Give an Hour

The Give an Hour programme encourages small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to make a difference to the futures of young people in Leeds City Region by offering an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The programme – run jointly by Leeds City Region and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour, organisations can help to transform a young person’s future by bringing to life different career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.

Activities can include interview practice, mentoring or working with a teacher to bring a lesson to life.

Find out more

If you’d like to become an Enterprise Adviser or Give an Hour, complete our online application form. If you’d like to know more, email EnterpriseAdvisers@the-lep.com and one of the team will be in touch.

Information for schools

Becoming part of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Adviser Network could benefit your school and your students:

  • Employer engagement motivates, inspires and makes learning relevant for all learners;
  • Your matched Enterprise Adviser can guide your school's leadership through the range of possible and relevant employer interactions
  • The programme can count towards your careers and enterprise objectives for Ofsted

Your Enterprise Adviser will help your school to develop and plan a strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement

Enterprise Advisers often bring local business people from their own personal network to deliver activities.

For more information or to register your interest contact enterpriseadvisers@the-lep.com