Enterprise Adviser Network

We are working with The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and local authority partners to develop a 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 SEND, supporting them to make informed choices about their future. 

The EAN will facilitate high calibre volunteers to work directly with the senior leadership team in secondary schools, middle schools, colleges, special schools and learning centres. It will support more effective connection to the world of work and develop, shape or add value to their careers, enterprise and employer engagement strategy.

Through the EAN and existing relationships with employers, the offer from employers to schools will increase 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. The CEC will also work with the National Careers Service and the local Chambers to provide this service to schools.

Dorset LEP is facilitating the delivery of the network for Dorset - contact our Enterprise Adviser Network team:

Catherine Beater is a Senior Enterprise Coordinator. Catherine joined the 11-19 team from Corfe Hills School where she was the Assistant Head-Teacher.

Email: Catherine Beater 
07775 023089

Robert Firth is an Enterprise Coordinator and has an economic development background.


Email: Robert Firth
07557 215041

Laura Bush is an Enterprise Coordinator. Laura has joined the 11-19 team with a background in Careers Guidance and Recruitment.


Email: Laura Bush
07384 809541

Andrew Holland is an Enterprise Coordinator with a SEND focus


Email: Andrew Holland
07741 900353


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: