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Volunteer Enterprise Adviser - Business Volunteer Role supporting schools and colleges within the Local London Careers Hub

Local London Careers Hub East


Posted over 30 days ago...

Enterprise Advisers help bridge the gap between the world of work and education, working with Careers and Senior Leaders in schools and colleges to create opportunities for young people. 


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Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, IG1 1NY

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

The Local London Careers Hub East matches experienced business volunteers with careers leaders in schools and colleges across Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. By bringing together the worlds of education and business we aim to ensure that young people are aware of all the pathways available to them, they understand all of their career options, and they are equipped with the skills needed to fulfil their potential. In your role as an Enterprise Adviser you will work strategically with a careers leader or senior leadership team in a school or college to support the overall development of careers education to include increasing business engagement so that more young people are having encounters with employers.  Schools and colleges use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, to assess their careers provision. You will support the school or college to achieve all 8 Gatsby benchmarks. Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme  Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to Careers Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees Benchmark Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces Enterprise Adviser Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance Core Commitments • Support a secondary school or college for a minimum of one academic year. • Meet with your school or college on a monthly basis. • Act as a champion for business engagement with the school or college within your personal networks and across sectors. • Attend an induction session and a minimum of one networking/training event each year • Complete an enhanced DBS check  Our support • Access to a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator for ongoing support and guidance. • An extensive network of talented professionals to share lessons learned and best practice remotely and at events. • Induction and training opportunities.   

What are we looking for?

Skills and experience • Be able to build a positive and supportive relationship with a school or college and fellow Enterprise Adviser (where applicable). • Be experienced at communicating with a range of senior stakeholders. • Have a network of colleagues or personal contacts who you can draw upon. • Be comfortable at engaging with new businesses and work-related programmes to support the school or college and its students. • Be sympathetic to the challenges faced by schools and colleges and able to offer relevant, impartial, practical and impactful advice which can be easily implemented. • Ability to think strategically.

What difference will you make?

We would love to hear from people with experience of working with all types and sizes of organisation. Research from Education and Employers* shows that interactions between volunteers from the world of work and young people leads to improved attainment, broadened horizons and raised aspirations. These interactions also help to challenge stereotypical views often formed at an early age, about people and the jobs they do based on gender, ethnicity and social background. Young people who take part in careers activities such as jobs fairs and job shadowing are more positive about schooling and its helpfulness in adulthood. We especially, but not exclusively, need people from SMEs and Micro Enterprises. Volunteering in education is an impactful way for SMEs and Micro Enterprise to make a demonstrable difference to the lives of children and young people. But it’s not just the young people who benefit. Research shows it can boost morale of employees and secure and diversify your future talent pipeline. Your role as Enterprise Adviser will ensure every young person takes their best next step. 


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