Evaluation of the Enterprise Adviser Network

The Careers & Enterprise Company supports schools and colleges across the country to deliver world class careers education to young people. The Government has outlined clear expectations in their Careers Strategy that schools and colleges will progressively and systematically work to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks of best practice in career guidance, central to the organisation's role.

Since 2015, The Careers & Enterprise Company, alongside LEPs, has been working to build a network of Enterprise Advisers. These senior business volunteers help schools and colleges to develop bespoke career plans based on the needs of all their young people and help them make connections and facilitate regular encounters with employers, training providers, colleges and higher education institutions.

SQW has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the work of the Enterprise Adviser Networks, and associated Career Hubs, to assess their reach and impact. The fieldwork to inform the evaluation includes both online surveys and extensive telephone interviews to gather insights from a range of stakeholders including Enterprise Advisers, Enterprise Coordinators and Careers Leaders in schools and colleges. An early output of this work is the publication of findings of a survey completed by over 750 Enterprise Advisers in Autumn 2018. Surveys will be repeated to provide a measure of progress and development as the work develops.

The survey report can be downloaded here.

We continue to work with The Careers & Enterprise Company and are currently evaluating the 2016 Careers and Enterprise Fund and Mentoring Fund. If you would like to know more about our research with children and young people please contact Marian Morris.