Careers and Enterprise CompanyOur mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.

The EAN is a free service for schools from the Careers & Enterprise Company in partnership with the D2N2 LEP. The aim of the service is to grow, support, link and utilise the D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) as a vehicle to implement the Careers Strategy in D2N2. By working closely with EAN the aim is to build stronger links between education providers and D2N2 employers and make significant progress against careers/employability skills provision (Gatsby Benchmarks), with particular focus on Benchmarks 5; encounters with employers, and 6 employees & experiences of workplaces.

D2N2Our role is to link schools and colleges to employers and help them to deliver world class careers support for all young people by:

1. Building Networks: linking schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs.

2. Supporting Careers Leaders: providing training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges.

3. Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks: supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding.

There are many ways your business can help. You can:

  • Enterprise Advisor; and work with a local school or college to help develop their careers plan.
  • Become an Enterprise Adviser and work directly with a local school or college to increase engagement with business
  • Explore the mentoring opportunities that are available in your local area
  • Becoming a business volunteer can help you network, promote your work in the community and develop your skills. volunteer as an individual

As a business:

  • Offer young people encounters with the world of work, such as mentoring or work experience.
  • Encourage your staff to volunteer for local outreach activities or work encounters.
  • Take your school engagement programmes into more schools and colleges.

Rewarding benefits for your employees:

  • Becoming a volunteer Enterprise Adviser can support staff to move from middle to senior management, developing their strategic and business planning skills.
  • Taking part in inspirational work activities and programmes can support your junior staff to build presentation, communication and leadership skills.
  • Participating builds understanding of the environment your future talent is coming from and the challenges they face.

Our Enterprise Adviser Network matches schools and colleges with senior business volunteers to help create powerful, lasting partnerships between schools, colleges, employers and careers programme providers.

Our Narrative
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As an Enterprise Adviser, you will take your passion for raising the aspirations of young people and combine it with your skills and strategic thinking.

With your help, we can bring the right people together to strengthen our network and put young people’s futures first.

Getting involved is simple:

Simply contact your area Enterprise Coordinator at or register your interest online on our registration page.

For more information visit the Enterprise Adviser Network.