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Why becoming an enterprise adviser may be the best decision you make in 2023

Written by: CIPD
Published on: 4 Jan 2023


We all know the cycle: we start most years with resolutions and motivation aplenty, whether relating to our careers or to life outside of work, but sometimes our best made plans don’t come to fruition because day-to-day life gets in the way.


At CIPD we support people getting into work, getting back into work and developing in work and this starts with ensuring young people know what the world has on offer. Our enterprise adviser programme matches people with work experience (in any sector) with a local school to support them with developing their careers advice and guidance to young people.

We know that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to become NEET. And we know how important it is to get good careers advice and access to local employers in order to bridge the often overwhelming gap between education and employment.

We also know that the benefits that enterprise advisers get back from undertaking this pro-bono role can be invaluable. For a commitment of around 3 hours per month, they get the chance to work in what is often a completely different sector, guiding a school leadership team with the experience and knowledge gained from their own careers. Many enterprise advisers also talk of how invaluable and empowering it is to make a real difference to young people’s lives.

An existing enterprise adviser sums it up:

"You get to see how things are happening on the ground and you can go back to the workplace and do things differently. It provides a window to a whole new sector or recruitment market."

If you think that becoming an enterprise adviser may be a New Year’s resolution you’d like to explore in 2023 why not register your interest here to find out more?