D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network

Stronger links are being built between schools and employers in the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership area, to help young people better realise their career potential.

D2N2 believes a successful economy needs businesses, and schools and colleges, to work closer together on this issue.

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The Employability Framework, launched earlier this year, seeks to match between the employability skills being taught to young people leaving schools and post-16 training programmes in the area with those needed by employers in their workforces. The Framework is being delivered through the Careers and Enterprise Company – Enterprise Adviser Network.

We have seven Enterprise Co-ordinators employed across the D2N2 area, who are engaging with 80 schools and linking them with 80 business leaders. Business people will act as volunteer Enterprise Advisers; forming an Enterprise Adviser Network of employers, large and small, to work with school leaders, to develop a plan to engage with employers.

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We are looking for volunteers of exceptional calibre from the world of work (from employers to the self-employed) to join our team of Enterprise Advisers. As a D2N2 Enterprise Adviser, you will work closely with the Senior Leadership Team in local schools and colleges to support them in developing their careers and enterprise strategies and employer engagement plans, drawing on your own local business networks. Becoming an Enterprise Adviser is a unique opportunity to support a school or college in improving opportunities for young people, and it is also a chance to join a network of like-minded peers.

To view the characteristics of a D2N2 Enterprise Adviser, click here.
To register your interest in becoming an en D2N2 Enterprise Adviser, click here.



The work of the Enterprise Co-ordinator and the Enterprise Adviser Network, and the projects undertaken to support schools and employers, is overseen by the D2N2 Skills and Employment Commission, to ensure they are having an impact on helping young people with their career ambitions. The ambition over the next two years is for every secondary school and college in the D2N2 area, and at least 20% of specialist schools, to have:

  • a designated employer linked to their organisation;
  • an Enterprise, Careers and Employability Strategy;
  • undertaken a self-assessment, to produce an action plan in response to the Enterprise, Careers and Employability Strategy;
  • access to providers delivering enterprise, careers and employability activities who have been quality assured against the D2N2 Employability Framework;
  • access to a range of funding to support their school strategies.