What is the Enterprise Adviser Network?

The Enterprise Adviser role

Working with a local school or college, your role as an Enterprise Adviser can help support pathways into your industry and shape young people's futures.

You can help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college to create opportunities for young people.


An Enterprise Adviser is......


  • A business professional who comes from any industry sector or professional background, be that employed, self-employed or recently employed.
  • Dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future outcomes of young people.
  • Willing to volunteer their time to achieve positive change in local schools and colleges, using core skills including relationship building and being analytical.

 What will you be doing?

  • 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.

There are a huge number of benefits to becoming an Enterprise Adviser, both personally and professionally.

  • Undertake strategic planning in a new context
  • Develop your skills in communication and strategy development
  • Support your local school or college to deliver world class careers guidance to their students.
  • Build strong working relationships with your local school or college and provide insight into your organisation and industry.
  • Join a national and local network to develop your own skills.
  • Develop your East Sussex networks and give back to our local community.
  • Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.

East Sussex has 40 Enterprise Advisers supporting our schools and giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers.

Watch our short video from Tony Dillon, one of our Enterprise Advisers, telling you more about his role and experience here

You can also read about some of our East Sussex Enterprise Advisers and their stories and sectors further down the page.

This case studies booklet showcases some of the valuable work carried out by our Enterprise Advisers.

Making movies during Covid-19

One of the ways that Enterprise Advisers are supporting students during Covid-19 is by making short films about their business. Find out how we can work with you to create a video, to teach learners about local industries.


If you are a senior professional, volunteering with a school or college could benefit you too by:

  • Giving back to the East Sussex community
  • Supporting your local school or college to deliver world class guidance to their students
  • Undertaking strategic planning in a new context, developing your skills in communication and strategy development
  • Building strong working relationships with your local school or college, and providing insight into your organisation and industry
  • Better understanding the education sector and the challenges faced
  • Promoting your local brand and sector in the local community
  • Networking and opportunities to grow your business contacts across East Sussex through both regular network meetings and social media groups.

For more information on becoming an Enterprise Adviser, please contact The East Sussex Careers Hub at enterprisecoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk



Here are some materials to support you to inspire and prepare students for work:

  • Resources for Enterprise Advisers on the Careers and Enterprise Company website
  • Use these three lesson plans, recommended by the Careers and Enterprise Company, to deliver employer engagement in the classroom.
  • The Careers Development Institute has a toolkit for planning your student encounters.  
  • Extensive free resources from BarclaysLifeSkills for employers and schools to use with young people to help them to understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work.  
  • More ideas to bring employers and students together:
    • Have students meet school alumniFuture First can organise this for schools.
    • Creative Cafés are dynamic half-day events where students meet diverse employers in an informal café-style setting. Structured around a series of tasks, with 6-10 young people per employer, students engage with all the employers through short 5-minute ‘speed dating’ conversations or tasks, before electing to join two employers to do a half hour practical challenge.  Culture Shift can help you to set this up.
    • Work experience happens throughout the year. If you are interested in providing work experience, please contact workexperience@eastsussex.gov.uk
    • Careers Talks are a great way for business people to share their careers experience with pupils. Young people love to hear stories about the different routes employers have taken to success. Talks can take place in lessons, assemblies, at lunchtime or during an after school club.
    • Networking with employers helps young people become more confident in talking to adults by having quick fire conversations and answering employability questions. Students are taught skills such as eye contact, speaking up, and how to perfect the handshake. Business breakfasts are increasingly popular and allow groups of students to meet a wide range of professionals who can give them  an insight into their journey, role and sector, with an opportunity for Q&As.
    • Mock Interviews involve a short 1-2-1 conversation between employers and learners, similar to a job interview.  Schools will supply employers with suggested questions and employers can give feedback and coaching, helping students to feel confident and well prepared for their next (or first) job interview. The sessions also give our business volunteers an excellent insight into their next generation of employees. 
    • Careers days or careers fairs can take many forms. Schools often like employers to have a stand, with interactive activities to promote their business in an eye-catching way. Employers enjoy talking to pupils to give them ideas for their future and to help them to understand the different pathways into jobs and professions. 
    • Apprenticeship roadshows take place annually in several towns across the county. They are an opportunity for employers to promote their sectors and apprenticeship vacancies to students and parents across East Sussex schools.
    • For information about all these opportunities, please contact enterprisecoordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk 


The next Enterprise Adviser Network breakfast meeting is scheduled for:

  • 21st January 2021

Enterprise Adviser Spotlight

Meet the East Sussex Enterprise Advisers:

Name: Joy Sheen
HR Advisor
Sector: Engineering
Matched school: Claverham Community College Battle

I am inspired to support careers education across East Sussex to encourage young people to consider engineering as a career. Being such a broad topic it is great to speak with students through school assemblies, classroom sessions and careers events to raise awareness of opportunities open to them. Our business supports work experience annually during a week in July when we offer a week- long project involving design, build and presentation skills.
One of my key passions is to inspire young women to consider engineering as a career choice along with the methods of accessing employment such as apprenticeships or joining our graduate scheme. Using members of our female engineering community to speak at assemblies, telling their personal stories as to how they achieved their goal is inspirational and demonstrates that engineering is not just for the boys.
During my working life, I have worked in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, finance, transport and the NHS working at supervisor, advisor and manager level. After working in payroll for 14 years I went back to college in Brighton to embark on an HR career path, graduating in 2003 I have never looked back.
I feel privileged to work for a great company, with opportunity to continue to learn and develop. No two days are the same but they are always interesting.


Name: Jean-Luc Bressard
Chief Executive Officer, Hextransforma Healthcare Ltd
Sector: Medical technology
School matched with : Seahaven Academy
Passions: Playing polo

As an employer in the County, we feel it is extremely important to support local students in the development of their career aspirations. 

Name: Petra Rinne Lovelock
Human Resources Manager
Sector: Not for profit / hospitality / arts
School matched with: Priory School, Lewes

Passions: I'm passionate about film, documentaries in particular, food (cooking and eating!), nature, continuous learning and development. And I'm totally passionate about finding ways to inspire young people! 

The Depot was conceived and is operated along the principles of accessibility for all, environmental and social sustainability. We want to support the young people in our community and this is one really good way to do it. Careers education is also close to my heart as I have two children approaching secondary school age.

Name: Graham Marley
Chief Executive, Lets Do Business Group
Sector: Business advice and finance
School matched with : Cavendish School

Passions: Helping businesses to start and grow; Brighton and Hove Albion and Sussex Cricket

Inspired to help schools inspire young people and help raise aspirations.

Name: Scott Monk
Managing Director
Sector: Electrical (Construction)
School matched with : Hailsham Community College

Passions: Family and Sport

 I see careers as being one of the keys drivers in ensuring a connection from school/college to the workplace. Students can learn a variety of skills, knowledge and insight from work places that can then have a direct result to their current education, behaviour and attendance. If we don’t give career opportunities to students then, how do we expect them to be work ready when they join the employment sector.