Birmingham Enterprise Adviser Network

The Enterprise Adviser Network pairs senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans 

The purpose of the Network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

Founded on the Gatsby benchmarks, the Network’s aim is to improve careers guidance for Birmingham’s secondary school students through increasing the quantity and quality of encounters with employers and careers information.

Enterprise Advisors are recruited and matched with schools by Enterprise Coordinators, who take responsibility for all the schools in the area. Enterprise Coordinators also create a calendar of local events and activities to ensure young people have as many careers encounters as possible. In Birmingham we are leading the way with an innovative approach that is aligned to key growth sectors identified in GBSLEP’s Strategic Economic Plan for the region; sectors where there are – and will be – jobs locally, such as construction, professional and financial services. 

CEC already have more than 1,500 Enterprise Advisors in place across the country, and they have provided careers opportunities for over a million young people; it is now time for Birmingham secondary schools to benefit from this new, evidence-backed model.

CEC is not another provider, brokering and delivering links between business and schools. Rather the CEC approach is to join the dots, creating greater coordination of effort such that all students have access to quality careers information and guidance during their secondary education.  In this way, the CEC is an umbrella organisation filling in gaps in provision, creating greater consistency across the country.


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Benefits of the EAN for your school or college

  • Guide your school or college’s leadership through the range of possible employer interactions
  • Help you create a strategy for careers, enterprise and employer engagement
  • Connect you with local organisations because they work with your area’s Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Bring local business people from their own personal network to deliver activities

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The Birmingham Approach

When CEC first conducted their research into “careers cold spots”, Greater Birmingham & Solihull region was identified as being “cold” to “very cold” meaning that there is much more to be done to improve the access to quality careers advice and guidance.  Birmingham Education Partnership in conjunction with Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, has responded to this challenge bringing the CEC Enterprise Adviser Network to this city. 

In March 2017, the Birmingham Enterprise Adviser Network was launched with the appointment of 3 Enterprise Coordinators, each of whom is an expert in their field. Our Coordinators are linked to schools and school governors, and are aligned with key sectors for the region; sectors identified in the strategic economic plan destined for growth with jobs and opportunities for our citizens now and in the future. Their links with businesses, established networks and supporting partnership organisations mean that there is every opportunity to recruit the best of local employer volunteers and collaborate effectively.


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individuals - volunteer time to improve opportunities for pupils 

Partners and Sponsors

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Business Professional Services Birmingham

BPS Birmingham is the established membership organisation for the professional services sector in Greater Birmingham. We have three networks: Aspire, Future and Leaders, which support our members at key stages in their career journey.  On top of the member activities and opportunities, BPS Birmingham draws on the collective strength of our members to have a positive impact on the city region through a number of strategic initiatives.

Together, we want Birmingham to be the place of choice for careers in the BPS sector, which is accessible to all; hosting the Enterprise Co-ordinator for the professional services sector is therefore a natural fit and one that we are really excited about for the city region.

Built Environment in Schools

BESS is a UK-wide project using the real, physical, tangible Built Environment (in real and virtual form) to demonstrate the sector to young people. The intention is to ‘Make it Real’, because it touches all our working, social and homes lives every day in a very tangible and visible way.

This interactive initiative uses the live canvas of the Built Environment, and all schools and further education institutions are invited to participate, as are all construction businesses and supporting organisations. The project is actively promoted to residents and communities.

BESS creates a logical, clear journey for young people to explore the sector, connecting all the dots of existing outreach in construction. We use gamification, 3D modelling, virtual reality, simulations, apps and social networks to reach young people 24/7.

Birmingham City Council

As part of the range of education services provided by Birmingham City Council to schools and settings to improve outcomes for Birmingham children and young people, the 14-19 Participation and Skills Team work in collaboration with all schools and education providers to track and ensure destinations and pathways for all young people aged 16 – 19, to reduce the number of young people who become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training), in the context of Raising the Participation Age. i.

This has included working with schools to review careers provision and identify opportunities to further education business links. The introduction of the CEC Enterprise Adviser Network locally will build on this approach and create greater coordination of current activity to support consistent, quality careers provision across the city.

This will strengthen partnership working with schools, employers and organisations working with schools to ensure that every young person benefits from the range of opportunities and expertise our City has to offer.

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