Youth unemployment in England continues at three times the national average, despite some 750,000 current job vacancies in England. Businesses are also in need of a talent pipeline to support growth and productivity.
There is an emerging consensus on what is needed to ensure this happens and young people are supported to transition successfully into the world of work. The research is clear that young people must leave education having had: encounters with employers which inspire them; information to understand the labour market; and support in developing a plan that plays to their strengths. To help young people access this support, the Careers & Enterprise Company has established the Enterprise Adviser Network.
Enterprise Advisers are business professionals who volunteer their time to work with senior leadership teams in local schools. In partnership, they support the school to develop a whole school careers strategy and build sustainable links with business. This means that students leave education better equipped with the skills they need.
Becoming an Enterprise Adviser also has many benefits for your personal and professional development. The Network offers the chance for skills-based volunteering that can help with your leadership and communication skills and foster your growth as an expert on your local labour market. You will not only be joining a Network of over 170 London Enterprise Advisers but will be one of over 1,600 volunteers across England, providing an opportunity for you to share best practice and build your peer network.
For more information go to london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/reducing-barriers-social-mobility/enterprise-advisers.