Employed by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and enabled by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Enterprise Coordinators (ECs) around the country individually direct and manage a network of up to 20 voluntary Enterprise Advisers (EAs) who have been matched with a school in their local area. The Enterprise Adviser (EA) Network then seeks to connect their schools and colleges with employers and careers programme providers to create meaningful encounters with the world of work for young people. The EAs are mindful of other organisations working locally and clear that their role is complementary to any existing activity. More details here: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

Please note the following abbreviations on this page: Careersnearhere (CNH) and Careersnearhere.com (CNH.com)

 

Careersnearhere aligns to the ambitions, purpose and goals of the Enterprise Adviser Network

(1) More Employer Encounters

With CNH.com, employers can advertise local opportunities for in-school and/or workplace encounters on the Inspiration, Multi-sector and Experience noticeboards. Everything is live, local and relevant to the careers room of interest. And it is completely free to advertise so as not to discriminate against SMEs, charities, micro-businesses and CICs, for example.

(2) Start Younger

CNH is shortly to launch a website for ages 10-15 which also supports careers education by signposting young people in primary and secondary schools direct to inspirational local talks/events/open days and employer encounters for free.

(3) Follow the Impact

CNH – and the Teachers & Advisers page in particular – is continually evolving to reflect best practice from schools and colleges across the region (and beyond). The impact of the CNH website on all audiences is reflected in the Testimonials page. In addition, the Focus On events put employers (and academics) in face-to-face contact with young people who are interested in the specialist theme of each event, saving both time and money for all involved. These events are coordinated by CNH, open to all young people from right across the region, free to attend but hosted by a single school/college as part of their careers programme. The format of these continues to evolve based on the feedback from each event and those attending all benefit from the enhancements resulting from the evaluations made.

(4) Make it Last

CNH helps to put careers and enterprise opportunities at the heart of schools and colleges by signposting direct to local talks/events/open days and experiences as well as to a choice of academic or apprenticeship pathways for careers of interest. This happens on the CNH website as well as via the specialist Focus On careers events. And with the launch of CNH.com for ages 10-15, it will take effect at an even earlier age. CNH is a long-term, sustainable solution for schools, young people and parents/carers to access and benefit from quickly, easily and for free whether on the website, on social media or face to face at one of the Focus On events.

 

Careersnearhere aligns to the Enterprise Adviser Roadmap

Phase (1) – Building a relationship and reviewing current provision

CNH is already known to the senior leadership team and head of careers at most local schools and colleges through regular mailings, website links and specialist Focus On events. A large – and growing – number of senior leaders, schools and colleges also follow CNH on Twitter and Facebook and/or invite CNH into school to deliver talks and/or attend careers fairs.

Phase (2) – Establishing a careers and enterprise plan

It is quick, easy and free to explore Careersnearhere.com to find providers that your school or college can benefit from. Our own current offers are on the Teachers & Advisers portal and these are all evaluated and updated regularly with every one available free of charge to support your individual careers programme. In a single click you can also access the Multi-sector noticeboard to discover adverts for general careers opportunities and service and/or there’s a specialist provision for those most at risk on the NEET and Disengaged page. And take a look on the Inspiration noticeboards for specialist careers provision relevant to the career sector of choice.

Phase (3) – Implementing the plan and evaluating provision

On the Teachers & Advisers portal, the Careers Strategy Template includes a simple academic timetable for careers activities and provides a basic template to document all career and employer-related encounters both in-school and in the workplace. In terms of evaluation, the CNH website and Focus On events are continually monitored for trends ‘behind the scenes’ and for audience/provider feedback through our Testimonials and Focus On event feedback.

 

Careersnearhere aligns to the Enterprise Adviser Toolkit

(1) Key Success Factors of the Enterprise Adviser Model

Careersnearhere (CNH) complies with The Careers & Enterprise Company’s governance requirements for EAs to:

  • engage and include relevant, local stakeholders
  • work in collaboration locally, building on the work of effective local programmes and avoiding duplication of effort

(2) Start-Up Plan

Implementation Objectives for the Enterprise Adviser Model

  • CNH helps ECs support EAs and schools to access careers and enterprise activities through simple and relevant signposting
  • And helps EAs to build on existing practice, leveraging contacts across the local economy

LEP Task List

  • CNH is in itself a potential local partner/stakeholder/provider, but also signposts direct to others to join the programme

Enterprise Coordinator Plan

  • CNH signposts quickly and easily to activities which can then be planned with schools

For the Enterprise Coordinator Task List, CNH –

  • already has an established network and contacts database
  • is already working with schools and part of the local provision
  • can easily support EAs and schools to access careers and enterprise activities through relevant signposting
  • can help to build links between partners and schools through relevant adverts, targeted blog articles and specialist events
  • has access to a wide group of employers interested in working with schools and able to help identify opportunities for new activities

Enterprise Adviser Plan

  • The accessible and relevant layout of the CNH.com website ensures that schools can easily access contacts and source activities

For the Enterprise Adviser Task List, CNH ensures that EAs can more easily –

  • work with schools to build on existing practice and leverage contacts across the local economy
  • build links with partners already working with schools
  • work with the ECs to build an understanding of the local provision
  • work with ECs to identify local opportunities to match with schools
  • help schools and partners to consider areas for improvement
  • source further opportunities for employer engagement
  • support schools to reflect on – and improve – their Careers and Enterprise Plan
  • consider school needs with the ECs and source further activities

(3) Activity Planner – Setting the Context

Careersnearhere aligns to:

(4) Activity Planner – Understanding the Goals: The Young Person’s Journey

Source: Deloitte What Works Project

  • Motivated – CNH ensures that young people are engaged in understanding the world of work and motivated to pursue a job or career through inspirational and informative blogs, social media, specialist events, an easily accessible website and relevant
  • Aware – CNH adverts and social media posts ensure young people (and those who advise them) are aware of options in the local labour market, and aware of their current interests though events and the accessible layout of the CNH website.
  • Aligned – CNH helps young people to make choices that support their aspirations and are aligned to local labour market opportunities.
  • Acquiring – Through informative blogs, information pages and relevant adverts, CNH helps to ensure that young people acquire skills and behaviours necessary to attain their desired employment.
  • Attaining – CNH.com signposts direct to local opportunities to help ensure that young people attain and transition to their desired employment, or are en route to doing so, perhaps via higher education.

(5) Activity Planner – Planning Guide

At an initial meeting with a school’s senior leadership team, capture any strategies in place that are worth building on, such as the use of CNH.

CNH covers some of the local economy through the choice of career sectors and in blogs. There is also scope to expand on this with sector sponsorship.

CNH also helps students (parents/carers and teachers) better understand their options by signposting to a choice of pathways to a career of interest.

(6) LEP & Governance – Enterprise Coordinator Job Description

Through simple signposting, a mobile-friendly website, regular school contacts and events, CNH can support the Enterprise Coordinators in their role to –

  • help schools and colleges improve their careers and enterprise activities and engage with the world of work
  • make it easier for employers and the self-employed to engage with schools and colleges
  • focus efforts on activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people – e.g. the website is mobile friendly whilst the blogs and inspiration adverts are highly motivational.
  • support the EAs in developing and optimising their careers and enterprise strategy
  • ensure the best local careers & enterprise provision is made available to schools / colleges in their area by acting as a link to existing provision
  • understand the business and provider offers for schools / colleges in the area and make this knowledge available to EAs, schools and colleges
  • stimulate even more activity from employers and the self-employed by engaging effectively and tenaciously with local employers and employer groups (e.g., Chambers, CBI, FSB, IoD)
  • harness energy, input and support from all senior employment and education leaders in the area
  • share best practice and case examples back to The Careers & Enterprise Company
  • closely review whether the activities being provided in schools and colleges are meeting the needs of:
    • young people
    • schools
    • local economic needs
  • and, if not, to identify ways to improve that activity, promoting and sharing leading practice across the network of schools and colleges
  • raise the profile of the programme locally through all available channels – e.g. through interaction with local press and MPs
  • ensure effective and broad-based governance of the programme across a range of stakeholders

(7) LEP & Governance – Enterprise Adviser Job Description

Through simple signposting, a mobile-friendly website, regular school contacts and events, CNH can support the Enterprise Advisers in their role to –

  • work closely with the senior leadership team of a specific school or college
  • support the development of a whole school strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement
  • provide access to local business networks
  • help schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice, and supporting positive outcomes for young people
  • encourage a wider group of employers or the self-employed to work with the school or college to help them enhance their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategies
  • avoid duplicating existing activity: being mindful of other organisations working locally and clear they are complementary to any existing activity

(8) How to Establish Local Context

Through simple signposting, a mobile-friendly website, regular school contacts and events, CNH can support the ECs and EAs in their role to –

  • understand the opportunities in the local economy and create important links to local businesses and employers
  • understand the local employer landscape and the skills that businesses are looking for from young people

(9) How to work in Partnership

CNH is keen to build lasting connections with the ECs and EAs as one of a wide range of stakeholders/partners and is encouraged that –

  • collaboration is seen as key to the success of the programme and at the heart of the model
  • the EA and EC’s work is designed to supplement existing initiatives by increasing the quality and amount of exposure young people have to career possibilities
  • where schools have existing enterprise and career relationships, ECs will work collaboratively with the other provider(s)
  • key local partners are those who – like CNH – currently play an important role in connecting schools and employers
  • ECs complement partners active in their area, ensuring roles are not duplicated and that schools have a clear understanding of who does what
  • ECs submit a list of local and national providers to The Careers & Enterprise Company to help build a picture of provision
  • the objective of the EA network is to support schools with their careers and enterprise strategies and improve their links with employers
  • the programme aims to increase the overall offer from employers and is supplementary to existing, effective provision
  • ECs and EAs will work alongside local partners, complementing existing provision

The CNH.com website also signposts direct to:

 

Careersnearhere aligns to the range of Careers & Enterprise Activities

Source: Deloitte What Works Project

Inspiration noticeboards on CNH signpost direct to brief activities relevant to the careers room of interest including –

  • Talks and events – e.g relevant careers fairs, skills fairs and careers talks
  • Mock Interviews
  • Mentoring – including one-off E-mentoring and mentoring with an employee
  • Employer delivered specialist employability skills workshops
  • Enterprise activities and brief competitions
  • Employer-delivered classroom learning including employer-led career learning and employer-led curriculum learning
  • Work place visits
  • Networking with employers
  • Work related learning
  • Work Shadowing

Multi-Sector noticeboard on CNH signposts direct to activities which are more general and which cover multiple career sectors including –

  • Talks and Websites – e.g. more general careers fairs, skills fairs and careers talks
  • Mock Interviews
  • Mentoring – including E-mentoring and mentoring with an employee
  • Employer delivered general employability skills workshops
  • Enterprise activities and competitions
  • Employer-delivered classroom learning including employer-led career learning and employer-led curriculum learning
  • Networking with employers
  • Work related learning

Experience noticeboards on CNH signpost direct to longer-term activities which are relevant to the careers room of interest including –

  • Mentoring – including ongoing E-mentoring and mentoring with an employee
  • Enterprise activities and ongoing competitions
  • Employer-delivered classroom learning including ongoing and specialist employer-led career learning and employer-led curriculum learning
  • Work place visits
  • Networking with employers
  • 1-2 week work experience
  • Part time working
  • Work related learning
  • Work Shadowing
  • Volunteering, skill building and citizenship

Information pages on the blue banner at the bottom of the CNH website include –

  • Comprehensive careers websites
  • CV writing

Blogs – Inspirational and informative blogs on social media are archived for future reference on the searchable Blog page include most of the above topics

Above all else, CNH is a comprehensive careers website that offers careers information and support for careers decision making.

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