Enterprise Advisers are senior business people who work directly with a school or college's senior leaders to develop an effective careers strategy and programme. East Sussex is fortunate to have 40 Enterprise Advisers supporting our schools and giving students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some materials to support you to inspire and prepare students for working life:
- 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 alumni. Future 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 email@example.com
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Enterprise Adviser Network breakfast meetings are scheduled for:
- 14 July 2020
- 12th October 2020.
Enterprise Adviser Spotlight
Name: Joy Sheen
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
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.