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Volunteer to give young people a better chance in your community in the South West of England

Our research shows that 43% of young people feel the pandemic has harmed their long-term career prospects. At the CIPD, we are committed to creating opportunities for young people – and you can help. 

We need professionals to help schools and colleges develop meaningful careers programmes, helping young people to get their foot in the door and boosting their prospects. 

Providing careers education in schools and colleges is essential to help students regain confidence in their future. More than ever, they need help to understand the opportunities available and how to access them. 

How can I help? 

We are recruiting volunteers across England to join the Enterprise Adviser Network, which is funded and run by the Careers and Enterprise Company. 

Enterprise Advisers are volunteers who work directly with local school leadership teams to help them develop an outstanding careers programme and raise the aspirations of young people. They also work to create connections between schools and local employers, to bring the world of work to life for students. 

“This is really about a partnership with schools and employers to prepare the next generation for the world of work and their future careers. When you have been in a professional role for several years, it is good to challenge yourself. The Enterprise Adviser role has connected me to a new sector, allowed me to use my transferable skills and helped to develop my strategic thinking. I’ve been able to support future talent and think about how we can offer the next generation opportunities.”  Anita, Enterprise Adviser volunteer. 

You will: 

  • play an active role in helping a local school or college to encourage young people to think about their future by using your professional skills and insight to shape the careers education programme. 
  • advise on strategic planning in a new context and gain a better understanding of the education sector. 
  • develop professional skills including leadership, networking, influencing and commercial drive. 
  • support the school to develop connections with local employers, enabling students to learn from them about, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace.  
  • build strong working relationships with your local school or college and provide insight into your organisation and industry. 

Ideal candidates for this role are:  

  • experienced professionals able to influence and create strategic initiatives. 
  • dedicated to making a lasting impact on the future of young people.
  • comfortable with working with a school’s senior leadership team. 
  • able to volunteer one to five hours a month (includes at least one meeting with a matched school per half term, for example, every two months) for one academic year. 

How to apply 

To get started, you need to complete a short expression of interest form by clicking the 'Apply' button. We will then be in touch with further information. (The CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development) is the professional body for HR and people development and are working with the funder to recruit volunteers.) 

We have recruited over 1,000 professionals from the people profession, and wider industry and business professions, to volunteer in schools. We look forward to you joining the growing network of volunteers supporting young people as they begin their journey into the world of work. 

For any queries please email: or visit our website. 


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