Business volunteers needed to help rewrite the story of careers education in Leicestershire schools

  • 19 Jul 2021

Can you support schools and colleges to shape their careers provision?

Local businesses asked to help “rewrite the story” for young people by putting their skills to use with a local school or college as an Enterprise Adviser.

More than ever, young people need all the support and inspiration they can get to help them succeed. With education disrupted and a blended approach to learning the new normal, it can be hard to see a clear pathway towards a future career.

That is why this summer, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership is embarking on an ambitious campaign to recruit over twenty new volunteer Enterprise Advisers (EAs).


Enterprise Advisers help open the eyes of students to the wealth of career possibilities available to them. Their real-world business insights are invaluable, and help to shape not just careers education, but entire lives. 

EAs, matched with a local secondary school or college's leadership team, work strategically to bridge the gap between the world of work and careers education.  The EA programme increases the amount of engagement young people have with industry and the world of work and helps students raise their career aspirations. 

Becoming an EA is the perfect way to make a positive difference and give back to the local community and can also help you to raise the profile on your own industry or sector.

James Taylor, CEO of Macildowie and EA for Stephenson Studio School said, ‘After my involvement with the LLEP’s World of Work careers resources, I realised I wanted to make an even bigger impact on careers education.  I’m passionate about making sure opportunities are available for all, especially helping vulnerable and SEND students.  Careers education in schools and colleges needs to show students what is out there and how to move away from less traditional career choices and pathways.”


See our case study on James’ impact as he shares his top tips as an EA here.

You don’t need to be an education expert, so if you are interested in becoming an EA, email [email protected] for an informal chat about what the role involves. There will also be an information session on Wednesday 11th August 2021, 12-1pm to find out more.

Pictured (Left-Right): Keith Hobbs, Headteacher of Stephenson Studio School and James Taylor, CEO of Macildowie.