The Careers and Enterprise Company was set up to connect the world of work with schools and colleges, and as part of this, the Enterprise Adviser Network is a specific initiative to pair senior business volunteers who are leaders and innovators in their field with local schools and colleges in order to build employer engagement plans.

Delivered through the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), we’re rolling out this exciting new opportunity across the entire region over the next academic year, working directly with you to create powerful, long-lasting, mutually beneficial connections between education and employment.

We’re doing this by partnering schools and colleges directly with a personal Enterprise Adviser (EA). They will work directly with the school’s leadership team to develop effective employer engagement plans, connecting with other local businesses to help teachers equip young people with the relevant, functional skills they’ll need for future employment.

An EA is a volunteer drawn from business – someone who is eager to support the community and help ensure students are well-prepared for the working world

Each EA is allocated to one school or college, and they are supported by an Enterprise Coordinator. Working with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a coalition of local organisations, they’ll help education institutions navigate a challenging, fragmented environment and build meaningful, long-lasting employer connections.

Bridge is already working with 26 schools and colleges across every Local Authority in Greater Manchester in 2016/2017. We are always looking at ways to grow our network and will highlight ways that you can get involved as soon as they arise on our website and through our newsletter.

Now we want you to join us.