Enterprise Adviser Network

Delivered by North East Local Enterprise Partnership

The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national initiative that partners business leaders with a local school or college, bridging the gap between education and employment, and working strategically to embed quality careers guidance which prepares young people for the world of work.

We’re currently recruiting for new Enterprise Advisers to join our network and help inspire the next generation about career opportunities the North East.

The Enterprise Adviser Network is supported by the The Careers & Enterprise Company.

Who are Enterprise Advisers

Enterprise Advisers are senior leaders in business or the public or third sector, who volunteer their time to engage and support education, students and teachers in a way that is focused, structured and planned.

“One of the main reasons I chose to join the Enterprise Adviser Network was so I could have a real impact on careers delivery within schools; linking STEM businesses within The Common Room network with young people. I hope to inspire the next generation to pursue career opportunities within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sector across the region.

“If you are passionate about inspiring the future generation by raising their aspirations and knowledge of career pathways in this region, then the Enterprise Advisor Network is worth getting involved in!”
Emily Tench, The Common Room, Programme and Engagement Manager

Our current Enterprise Advisers include:


Northumberland County Council

Go North East

ORE Catapult

Parkdean Resorts

Karbon Homes

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

Unipres (UK) Ltd

Bernicia Homes

Sunderland Software City

Centre for Process Innovation

PNE Group

The ability to connect with school leadership and support the development of their careers strategy is one of the key strengths of the Enterprise Adviser Network.

“It also allows businesses to work directly with students, and enable them to explore opportunities that support the development of key transferable skills required for the work place and in further education

“Being part of the North East LEP’s Enterprise Adviser Network is an exciting opportunity to support careers development in the local area, whilst leveraging personal networks and experience in the process.”
Nicola Luke (MCIPD), HR Manager for Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

What is the criteria for becoming an Enterprise Adviser?

  • Hold a senior position within the company or have been identified and authorised
    as the most senior and appropriate person to engage with schools or colleges as an Enterprise Adviser
  • Be committed to supporting a school or college for at least one academic year and within a time frame that is mutually beneficial and convenient to you, your business and the school or college you are supporting
  • Develop, shape and add value to the school or college’s careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy
  • Be confident they can support the senior leadership team within the school or college
  • Use own contacts and other Enterprise Advisers within the Network to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies
  • Share best practice across the Enterprise Adviser Network
  • Promote the role among existing contacts and networks to contribute to the recruitment of new Enterprise Advisers
  • Value existing relationships with employers, businesses and other organisations that schools or colleges may have and, where possible, use these partnerships
  • All Enterprise Advisers require a DBS check; if already checked, copies of these will be requested. The North East LEP will facilitate DBS checks for Enterprise Advisers who do not already have them.

Enterprise Adviser EOI Form

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