Evaluation of the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs

The national Enterprise Adviser Network helps provide career guidance to all young people by linking schools and colleges with senior-level business volunteers (Enterprise Advisers) who support Careers Leaders working in schools and colleges. Careers Hubs, as a part of the Network, are coordinated groups of schools and colleges in the same geographic area working together and with partners in the business, public, education and voluntary sectors, to accelerate progress towards achieving all the Gatsby Benchmarks. There have been three waves of new Careers Hubs established across England. 

SQW has been working with the Careers & Enterprise Company to evaluate the effectiveness of the Network and Hubs with regard to the:

  • multiple ways in which they have supported schools and colleges in developing their careers provision in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • impact of the local links between schools, colleges and employers on the range and quality of careers programme opportunities available to young people.

The evaluation report has now been published. This outlines the growth and development of the Network which by August 2020 included 3,865 schools and colleges and 3,645 Enterprise Advisers. The evaluation explored the achievements of the Network and Careers Hubs for young people, schools and colleges, and communities, and factors which make a difference in enabling impact.

The evaluation report can be found here.