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Your great chance to give and receive by volunteering

Posted on 26/01/2018

Business complains often about the skills gap found in new recruits from school, college and university. Here’s a great chance for you to help students find the best career opportunities, boost your brand and expand your network.

I volunteer as an Enterprise Adviser with the Careers and Enterprise company, which has set up a national network connecting 1,700 schools and colleges with 2,000 businesses to create career opportunities for students. The aim of CEC is to focus career guidance and help young people prepare for the world of work. In future a school’s career guidance provisio  for students will be important to Ofsted.

Enterprise Advisers come from different walks of business life, sectors and professional backgrounds. They are senior business volunteers; many are CEOs and company directors. So you can broaden your network and boost your brand.

The role of the Enterprise Adviser is to:

* Work with the school's senior leadership and careers teams to develop a strategy that gives students opportunities to get to know the world of work.

* Use their network to open doors and create more work encounters.

* Benefit from training, personal development, peer support from other volunteers, and networking events.

With the support an expert coordinator from LEP Solent, I advise Wildern School, Hedge End, near Southampton, which has 2,000 students and has a good record.   I volunteer for a maximum 3 hours a month. Events at Wildern during the school year include: Careers fair, October; Speed networking, January; Dragons Den, Spring; Mock interviews, June. You can add your own ideas.


* Guide school students into the workplace

* Boost your brand

* Increase your network with CEOs and business leaders.


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Back Author : Nick Keith

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