Volunteer Adviser network boosts youth engagement with local business

By Nick Batten on 20 January, 2017

The Swindon & Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network, a growing network of volunteers from local businesses, is working with schools and colleges across the area to ‘improve the effectiveness’ of business and education engagement and to further develop careers and enterprise activities.

Launched in 2015, the network offers a unique opportunity to support employers to engage with schools, colleges and young people through a National programme and claims to build ‘powerful, lasting connections’ between local businesses, schools and colleges.

The ‘Volunteer Enterprise Advisers’ are sourced from local businesses to work directly with the leadership of individual schools and colleges and have been sourced from employers including Nationwide, Atkins Global, Capita, Siemens Rail, and Marriott Hotels.

The Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network is delivered by Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) and feeds into the nationwide Careers & Enterprise Company Enterprise Adviser Network.

Phil Townsend, r&d engineer and company secretary for IXYS UK Westcode Ltd, said. “It is essential that young people get the careers information, advice and guidance that they need to make informed choices and to reach their full potential. I am delighted to be partnering with Hardenhuish School in Chippenham as their Enterprise Adviser so that local employers can help them give this to their students.”

He added, “I have found the support from the Enterprise Adviser Network invaluable and being an Enterprise Adviser a thoroughly worthwhile experience that I would highly recommend.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Enterprise Adviser please contact them at workwiltshire@wiltshire.gov.uk.