Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN)

We are working with The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and local authority partners to continue to grow our Dorset wide Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN). Its purpose is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses, schools and colleges, including Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision, in the area.

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The network is intended to inspire and motivate young people, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), supporting them to make informed choices about their future. 

The EAN facilitates high-calibre volunteers to work directly with senior leadership teams in secondary schools, middle schools, colleges, special schools and learning centres, in order to support a more effective connection to the world of work, as well as develop, shape and add value to careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy.

Through the EAN and existing relationships with employers this initiative aims to increase employer and school liasion, so that in time every young person should be able to access work-related interventions at multiple points as they progress through their schooling.

Many schools already have excellent relationships with employers and engage with them in a variety of ways. The CEC has been set up to enhance these activities and not to replicate the good work that is going on, working with the National Careers Service and the local chambers of commerce to provide this service to schools. Dorset LEP is facilitating the delivery of the network for Dorset.

Contact our Enterprise Adviser Network team:

Helen Stevenson

Careers Hub Lead


Email: hstevenson@bournemouth.ac.uk
Tel: 07594 512276

Catherine Beater

Senior Enterprise Coordinator


Email: catherine.beater@bcpcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 07775 023089

Robert Firth

Enterprise Coordinator


Email: robert.m.firth@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 07557 215041

Laura Bush 

Enterprise Coordinator


Email: laura.bush@bcpcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 07384 809541

Andrew Holland

Enterprise Coordinator


Email: andrew.holland@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 07741 900353

Janek Tarnawski

Enterprise Coordinator


Email: jtarnawski@bournemouth.ac.uk
Tel: 07802721352


Enterprise Advisers

Enterprise Advisers are key to the network’s success. We are seeking Dorset business leaders to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers. If you are interested and want to discuss the opportunity please contact us at dorsetlep@bournemouth.ac.uk

What makes a great Enterprise Adviser?

  • Passionate about unlocking the potential and enhancing the future prospects of young people
  • Committed to supporting a school or college for one academic year, eight hours per month
  • Credible with the leadership team of a school or college
  • Well-connected within local business networks

The Enterprise Adviser’s first key task is to work with a specific school to identify where employer encounters are strong and where there are gaps to be filled. The role is not to get involved in the activities themselves (talks, careers events, interviews, workplace visits etc.), but rather to involve other employer colleagues to engage in these with the school.

Becoming an Enterprise Adviser

If you would like to get involved or would like to find out more about the role of Enterprise Advisers please take a look at the Becoming an Enterprise Adviser brochure here. For more information, read The Careers & Enterprise Company's FAQs.

To express your interest click here or contact us at dorsetlep@bournemouth.ac.uk

Dorset's Enterprise Adviser Network is funded by: