Careers Enterprise Adviser Programme

The Black Country LEP is working with The Careers & Enterprise Company to roll out a new national initiative - a network of Enterprise Advisers across the Black Country.

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work who work directly with school and college leaders to bridge the gap between the worlds of work and education. The Careers & Enterprise Company has invested £100k, with equivalent match funding offered through the LEP and affiliated partners, (Wolverhampton City Council) to deliver the project from September 2015 - September 2016.

The Careers & Enterprise Company is an employer-led organisation that has been set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work. The Enterprise Adviser network is a key initiative and is based on research from the Education and Employers Taskforce and other research organisations that shows that greater contact with employers among young people leads to better employment outcomes. 


The Black Country LEP working in conjunction with Wolverhampton City Council aims to link 63 of its schools with an Enterprise Adviser working in partnership with the Education Business Partnerships (EBPs) across the Black Country. The programme has recruited three Enterprise Co-ordinators to engage and support the Enterprise Advisers.

Enterprise Advisers

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers from the world of work (businesses and the public sector, organisations of all sizes including the self-employed). Working directly with school and college leadership teams, they will be responsible for supporting schools and academies to develop their careers education strategy and build on existing careers, enterprise and employer engagement plans by drawing on their own local business networks.

They are supported by full-time Co-ordinators who have simple tools available to evaluate the current careers education strategy within schools and academies and to help them identify and access the range of  support available both nationally and locally. The Co-ordinators will also provide valuable local labour market information tailored for each school to support their careers education programme and curriculum planning. The Enterprise Adviser network will help ‘join the dots’ at a local and national level.

The roll-out follows a set of successful pilots over the past year. The Black Country LEP was one of 28 areas to be delivering the first wave in early 2016 with the second wave now underway in the Summer of 2016. The initiative is supported by employers and employer organisations from across the country. 

For more information on the Enterprise Adviser network visit the Black Country Skills Factory website.

If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Adviser and supporting this local initiative, please click here.