Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub
Careers Hubs are centres of careers education excellence across the country. Established by the Careers and Enterprise Company, they are local partnerships bringing a group schools and colleges together with business and community organisations to focus on improving outcomes for young people. The Swindon & Wiltshire Careers Hub was part of the initial pilot scheme, one of only 20 in the country, launched in 2018. Due early success, the Careers Hub has now expanded its reach from 40 institutions and works with 56 local schools and colleges. Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December 2017. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.
They will co-ordinate efforts with other local businesses to equip young people with the skills they need to excel in education and life.
Core to the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub is the Enterprise Adviser Network, originally launched in November 2015, working to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in our LEP area. The Network invites inspiring Enterprise Advisers (EAs) volunteers drawn from businesses to work directly with the school's leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans.
An Enterprise Adviser is a volunteer from business who works closely with the headteacher or Senior Leadership Team of a school or college to provide strategic support. They use their business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education.
Being an Enterprise Adviser is a great opportunity to:
- Support a local school or college to deliver world class careers guidance to their students, enabling young people to be prepared and inspired for the fast-changing world of work.
- Undertake strategic planning in a new context; developing skills in communication and strategy development.
- Build strong working relationships with schools and colleges and provide insight into the Enterprise Adviser’s organisation, industry and the opportunities available in the local labour market.
- Give back to the local community.
- Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.
- Develop the Enterprise Adviser’s own local business network.
An Enterprise Adviser adds value by:
- Providing an employer's perspective on what businesses are likely to be willing to do and what opportunities businesses would value.
- Supporting the school or college's senior leadership team to develop a school or college strategic plan to ensure every young person receives a meaningful employer encounter and workplace experiences- Enterprise Advisers are not expected to be an expert in the Careers landscape to do this!
- Engaging with local businesses and employers in the local network to encourage their involvement in activities at the school or college.
- Helping schools and colleges to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and enabling positive outcomes for young people.
Nationally a network of over 100 Cornerstone Employers, all committed to working with schools and colleges in areas in need of support, has been developed.
Cornerstone Employers work together with their networks, the wider business community and the local Enterprise Coordinator or Hub Lead, to ensure all young people in an area have the opportunities they need to be prepared and inspired for the world of work.
A Cornerstone Employer can be a large or small business, and a local or national employer, provided they are:
- Experienced in engaging with education.
- Dedicated to investing time and resources.
- Committed to working with other Cornerstone Employers.
- Willing to galvanise their business networks.
- Focused on sustainability and acts as an ambassador
Becoming a Cornerstone Employer opens up many opportunities for your organisation and staff, such as:
- Ensuring all young people in the Swindon and Wiltshire area have the opportunities they need to be prepared and inspired for the world of work.
- Giving back to your community and supporting the growth of your local economy.
- Engaging and developing your current workforce.
- Inspiring young people about your sector or industry.
- Developing the skills required for your future workforce and building your talent pipeline.
We are always interested in recruiting high calibre volunteers, drawn from local businesses to help schools/colleges create or enhance their employer engagement strategies for careers & enterprise and help raise the aspirations of our young people.
Becoming an Enterprise Adviser or a Cornerstone Employer is a unique opportunity to support a school or college or the wider network in improving opportunities for young people, and it is also a chance to join a network of like-minded peers.
Clusters of schools, colleges, and Enterprise Advisers are supported by a full-time Senior Enterprise Coordinator/Enterprise Coordinator who will bring together the schools and employers in the cluster effectively.
If you would like to know more about the Careers Hub or becoming a volunteer Enterprise Adviser or Cornerstone Employer get in touch with the Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub team:
Careers Hub Lead Tel:07464529784
Senior Enterprise Coordinator Tel: 01225 713424
Enterprise Coordinator (Swindon) Tel: 07989 387868
Enterprise Coordinator (North & East Wiltshire) Tel: 07774 331914
Enterprise Coordinator (South & West Wiltshire) Tel: 07774 176751
The Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network is delivered by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council on behalf of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).
View more information here: workwiltshire.co.uk/enterprise-adviser-network