The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is working in partnership the Careers and Enterprise Company, with support from Lincolnshire County Council and our district councils, to create a network of high-calibre volunteers from local businesses.

Volunteers are known as Enterprise Advisers. The Enterprise Adviser Network enables the volunteers to work directly with the senior leadership team in secondary schools and colleges. Their involvement links the school to the world of work and adds value to the school or college's careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy. Find out more about what an Enterprise Adviser does here.

There are now three Enterprise Coordinators in post. The Enterprise Coordinators continue to work with Lincolnshire secondary schools and colleges to match them with a local business leader (Enterprise Adviser). The role of the business leader is to support schools and colleges to meet national career benchmarks for meeting with employers and experiencing the world of work.

Highlights on progress so far include:

  • 53 schools and colleges out of a possible 63 across Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland are now signed up and participating
  • Between September and December 2020 our Enterprise Coordinators undertook 57 virtual school visits, and despite challenging circumstances significant progress has been made
  • Eight new schools and colleges have joined the network since September 2020
  • 11 new matches between schools and colleges and businesses (Enterprise Advisers) have been made since September, demonstrating that significant efforts have been made to support schools and colleges through uncertain times and to ensure that young people have access to an effective careers strategy

If you are a teacher or careers leader and would like to know more about the Enterprise Adviser Network, please contact us.

Many of our schools and colleges are seeing great results from working with their Enterprise Adviser. Take a look at some of our examples of innovation on our resources page, and find out about the Give an Hour Scheme here.