Enterprise Adviser Network



Dorset LEP is 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. 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 enable 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 Enterprise Adviser Network 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 and there are four Enterprise Coordinators who will be leading on the Enterprise Adviser Network:

Our Enterprise Coordinators

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



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

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



Andrew Holland is an Enterprise Coordinator with a SEND focus. 



Contact Email & Numbers

Email: Catherine Beater 

Tel: 07775 023089

Email: Laura Bush

Tel: 07384 809541

Email: Robert Firth

Tel: 07557 215041

Email: Andrew Holland

Tel: 07741 900353

Enterprise Advisers

Enterprise Advisers are key to the network’s success. Across Dorset we are seeking business leaders now to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers. If you are interested and want to discuss the opportunity without any obligation please contact us. 

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 the school on identifying where employer encounters are strong and where there are gaps to be filled. Their job 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 are keen to be involved and would like to find out more about the role of Enterprise Adviser please take a look at the Becoming an Enterprise Adviser brochure here. For more information, visit The Careers & Enterprise Company's FAQs.

To express your interest click here or contact Tony Nelson, Dorset LEP on tnelson@bournemouth.ac.uk

An official launch event for the Dorset Enterprise Adviser Network was held in October 2017. View photos and a video from the event. 

Dorset's Enterprise Adviser Network is funded by:



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