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Kent and Medway Careers

How Can Businesses Support Schools and Colleges?

Get Involved...

The Careers Enterprise Company are always on the lookout for volunteer Enterprise Advisers.

Working with a local school or college, your role as an Enterprise Adviser can help support pathways into your industry for young people, helping to shape their futures.

You will help bridge the gap between the world of work and education through collaboration with with the Careers Leader and wider senior leaders of the school or college, to create more 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 Kent & Medway networks and give back to our local community.
  • Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.

Become an Enterprise Adviser

Get involved: 

  • Share your career journey and insights with young people in schools and colleges in your local community.
  • Your unique industry knowledge and experience as someone who owns or works for a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) can make a difference to the options a young person considers for their careers.
  • You could be the person who changes the life of a young person, just by showing them what is possible.

Benefits to your business: 

  • The Give an hour campaign is a great way to give something back to your community and ignite your team at the same time.
  • It helps give young people in your area the skills and knowledge that they need while also potentially finding dynamic new recruits for your business.
  • By becoming involved, you can shape the future leaders in your community.

Find out more

Cornerstone Employers work with networks of schools and colleges to improve careers education, make sure key skills for their sector are understood by teachers and education leaders, inspire students, champion jobs in their local area, and have a direct route into potential new employees living on their doorstep.

Become a Cornerstone Employer

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summer lovegrove

Summer Lovegrove - Head of Resourcing, Medway NHS Foundation Trust

I decided to become an Enterprise Adviser as I wanted to make a difference to young people within the Medway community. As part of my role, I feel that I have the opportunity to provide greater insight into the healthcare sector and champion our career pathways at MFT. 

I have been paired with Brompton Academy and working with Sharon has been real pleasure, we have been proactively guided along the process by Mel. The working relationships between all three parties is positive and I feel that we can make great strides in support the school in the coming years. 

I have joined the network to support the community, but I have managed to join a network of incredibly talent individuals where we can share ideas and look to support the schools within our areas.

trevel henry

Trevel Henry - Director, NVC Awareness Training Consultancy | Co-Founder Worldly Wise CIC

Whilst I am an obvious supporter of empowering people to be their best, I decided to become an Enterprise Adviser so that I could use my knowledge and experience to have a direct impact towards inspiring young people towards success in their future careers.  

I am the Enterprise Adviser to the Kent Health Needs Education Service, supporting children with mental health and physical health needs.  We have an excellent engaging relationship exploring new and innovative ways we can introduce their young students with local employers.  As the Co-Founder of Worldly Wise CIC, I am fortunate to work with a network of great people, who are passionate about supporting the development of young people, whom I am able to call upon to inspire and motive young people through presentations, workshops and talks.

I am very fortunate and pleased that I was invited to become an Enterprise Adviser.  A role which I given a great sense of pride in being able to play a part in inspiring young people to realise their potential.

Become an Enterprise Adviser