• Enterprise Adviser Network

    • What is the Enterprise Adviser Network?

      Enterprise Advisers are business people from diverse sectors who help East Sussex secondary schools and colleges with their enterprise and careers education strategies. Launched by Skills East Sussex in 2015, the Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) helps secondary schools and colleges to develop students' employability and enterprise skills more effectively.

      The East Sussex EAN is funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and East Sussex County Council and is part of a growing national network. Across the UK, Enterprise Advisers now support over 1,300 schools and colleges.

      For more information on becoming an EA, please see the Employers' page.


      Here are some materials to support you to inspire and prepare students for working life:

      • Resources for Enterprise Advisers on the Careers and Enterprise Company website
      • Use these three lesson plans, recommended by the Careers and Enterprise Company, to deliver employer engagement in the classroom.
      • The Careers Development Institute has a toolkit for planning your student encounters.  
      • Extensive free resources from BarclaysLifeSkills for employers and schools to use with young people to help them to understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work.  
      • More ideas to bring employers and students together:
        • Have students meet school alumniFuture First can organise this for schools.
        • Creative Cafés are dynamic half-day events where students meet diverse employers in an informal café-style setting. Structured around a series of tasks, with 6-10 young people per employer, students engage with all the employers through short 5-minute ‘speed dating’ conversations or tasks, before electing to join two employers to do a half hour practical challenge.  Culture Shift can help you to set this up.
        • Work experience happens throughout the year. If you are interested in providing work experience, please contact workexperience@eastsussex.gov.uk
        • Careers Talks are a great way for business people to share their careers experience with pupils. Young people love to hear stories about the different routes employers have taken to success. Talks can take place in lessons, assemblies, at lunchtime or during an after school club.
        • Networking with employers helps young people become more confident in talking to adults, by having quick fire conversations and answering employability questions. Students are taught skills such as eye contact, speaking up, and how to perfect the handshake.
        • Mock Interviews involve a short 1-2-1 conversation between employers and learners, similar to a job interview.  Schools will supply employers with suggested questions and employers can give feedback and coaching.  
        • Careers days or careers fairs can take many forms. Schools often like employers to have a stand, with interactive activities to promote their business in an eye-catching way. Talk to students to give them ideas for their future and explain the different pathways into your profession.


      The next Enterprise Adviser Network breakfast meetings are scheduled for:
      • 4th February 2020
      • 2nd June 2020.

      Enterprise Adviser Spotlight

      Meet the East Sussex Enterprise Advisers:

      Name: Joy Sheen
      HR Advisor
      Sector: Engineering
      Matched school: Claverham Community College Battle


      I am inspired to support careers education across East Sussex to encourage young people to consider engineering as a career. Being such a broad topic it is great to speak with students through school assemblies, classroom sessions and careers events to raise awareness of opportunities open to them. Our business supports work experience annually during a week in July when we offer a week- long project involving design, build and presentation skills.
      One of my key passions is to inspire young women to consider engineering as a career choice along with the methods of accessing employment such as apprenticeships or joining our graduate scheme. Using members of our female engineering community to speak at assemblies, telling their personal stories as to how they achieved their goal is inspirational and demonstrates that engineering is not just for the boys.
      During my working life, I have worked in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, finance, transport and the NHS working at supervisor, advisor and manager level. After working in payroll for 14 years I went back to college in Brighton to embark on an HR career path, graduating in 2003 I have never looked back.
      I feel privileged to work for a great company, with opportunity to continue to learn and develop. No two days are the same but they are always interesting.


      Name: Jean-Luc Bressard
      Chief Executive Officer, Hextransforma Healthcare Ltd
      Sector: Medical technology
      School matched with : Seahaven Academy

      Passions: Playing polo

      As an employer in the County, we feel it is extremely important to support local students in the development of their career aspirations. 

      Name: Petra Rinne Lovelock
       Human Resources Manager
      Sector: Not for profit / hospitality / arts
      School matched with: Priory School, Lewes

      Passions: I'm passionate about film, documentaries in particular, food (cooking and eating!), nature, continuous learning and development. And I'm totally passionate about finding ways to inspire young people! 

      The Depot was conceived and is operated along the principles of accessibility for all, environmental and social sustainability. We want to support the young people in our community and this is one really good way to do it. Careers education is also close to my heart as I have two children approaching secondary school age.

      Name: Graham Marley
      Chief Executive, Lets Do Business Group
      Sector: Business advice and finance
      School matched with : Cavendish School

      Passions: Helping businesses to start and grow; Brighton and Hove Albion and Sussex Cricket

      Inspired to help schools inspire young people and help raise aspirations.

      Name: Scott Monk
      Managing Director
      Sector: Electrical (Construction)
      School matched with : Hailsham Community College

      Passions: Family and Sport

       I see careers as being one of the keys drivers in ensuring a connection from school/college to the workplace. Students can learn a variety of skills, knowledge and insight from work places that can then have a direct result to their current education, behaviour and attendance. If we don’t give career opportunities to students then, how do we expect them to be work ready when they join the employment sector.