Below you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions that we get asked about volunteering as an Enterprise Adviser. If you have a question that you can't find the answer to, please contact us on LEPinfo@careersandenterprise.co.uk.

Do I need to sign up through my employer?

No, you do not. Each person signs up as an individual irrespective of whether you discovered the opportunity through your employer.

Who will contact me?

You will be contacted by your local Enterprise Adviser Network, based on the postcode you enter in the registration form. Your local contact will introduce themselves either via phone or email and be able to discuss the opportunity further with you.

How soon will I be contacted?

You can expect to be contacted within 5 working days of submitting your expression of interest.

I have never worked with a school or college before – am I suitable?

There is no 'one size fits all' definition of the right person to support a school or college - each education establishment will have slightly different needs and therefore we need a range of different people to find a good fit for each school and college across the country.

We are looking for people with a passion for wanting to make a difference, that have the skill set and knowledge to help steer the strategic direction of careers in a school or college. Ultimately you will be providing insight and reflecting the labour market and therefore your individual experience matters.

What are the next steps? Will I be interviewed?

You will be contacted by your local Enterprise Adviser Network who will talk through the role with you in more detail. They will also discuss any preferences you may have as well as your employment background and your skills. Each school or college needs differ so it is important the local network know enough about you to match you appropriately.

How long does it take to be matched to a school or college?

It is important that we match you with the right school or college. Therefore, there isn’t a set answer to this. Sometimes we may have the perfect school or college for you right away, other times it may take longer. The average time to match is around four weeks and we wouldn’t expect it to take longer than three months.

Can I choose which school or college I support?

We will always take your preferences into account. However, your preferred school or college may already be matched with an Enterprise Adviser, in which case your local network will discuss other options with you.

What type of school or college can I support?

The network works with state funded secondary schools, further education and sixth form colleges, state funded Special Schools and Alternative Providers in England.

What training will I get?

Before starting the role, all Enterprise Advisers will have an induction. Ongoing training is then provided - some will be offered locally and other training will be offered online, nationally, by The Careers & Enterprise Company.

What ongoing support will there be?

There is a wide range of support available to Enterprise Advisers. Each Enterprise Adviser will have a named Enterprise Coordinator (a staff member of the local network) that will support you to support your school or college.

Your local network will arrange networking events for you to meet other Enterprise Advisers from your region. You will have the option of being buddied with an Enterprise Adviser who has been doing the role for a while as well as access to a community of EAs on Facebook Workplace. Although you will be directly supporting your own school or college, you will be a member of a community of over 3000 Enterprise Advisers and may wish to connect more widely through organised events or more directly via LinkedIn.

What can I do to prepare for the role?

Your local network will be able to provide more information for you on this but if you are really keen to understand the role more before speaking to them, we suggest you read some of the following to get started:

Enterprise Adviser Role Description

Evaluation of the Enterprise Adviser Network: Enterprise Adviser Survey 2020

Is a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check required?

Yes, you must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the role, including checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is carried out by the local Enterprise Adviser Network in which you want to volunteer.

Contact us

If you have any additional questions or if you are having difficulty connecting with your local Enterprise Adviser Network, then please contact us at LEPinfo@careersandenterprise.co.uk and we will help support you in connecting locally