D2N2 Enterprise Adviser Network

The D2N2 video gives insight into benefits for businesses of joining D2N2's 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, schools and colleges to work closer together on this issue.

The Employability Framework, launched in summer 2015, seeks to match the employability skills taught to young people leaving schools and post-16 training programmes with those needed by employers' workforces. The Framework is being delivered through the Careers and Enterprise Company – Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN). 

The EAN has ten Enterprise Coordinators in the D2N2 area, engaging with 80 schools and linking them with 80 business leaders. These business people act as volunteer Enterprise Advisers, forming a network of large and small employers who work with school leaders to develop their plans to better engage with employers. 

The work of Enterprise Coordinators, the Enterprise Adviser Network and projects undertaken to support schools and employers are overseen by the D2N2 People & Skills Advisory Board; which ensures these activities have a postive impact on helping young people with career ambitions.

The ambition 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've been quality assured against the D2N2 Employability Framework;
  • access to a range of funding to support their school strategies.

Enterprise Co-Ordinator Working with D2N2, Employers and Enterprise Advisors [Diagram]

To see what the Enterprise Adviser Network can offer you, please view our offer to business leaders and our offer to schools and colleges

We're looking for exceptional volunteers from the world of work (from employers to the self-employed) to join our Network. To view the characteristics of a D2N2 Enterprise Adviser, click here

As a D2N2 Enterprise Adviser, you'll 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.

If you are a school, college or employer and want to be involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network, please contact the Enterprise Coordinator for your area listed below:

Enterprise Coordinators   

Enterprise Coordinator Contact Phone Number Locations Covered
Jacqui Kinch 07812 301004 City of Derby
Berni Dickinson 07956 426045 City of Derby (Employee Engagement)
Emily Carter 07387 141584 Derbyshire Dales & High Peak, Careers Hub, Amber Valley & Erewash
Gail Wilderman 07792 268781 North East Derbyshire & Bolsover, Careers Hub
Madeleine Casey 01283 229709 Derbyshire (South Derbyshire, Erewash & Amber Valley)
Claire Knee 07918 905912 City of Nottingham
Dan Heffernan 07545 343701 North Nottinghamshire
Caroline Tomlinson 07918 906150 South Nottinghamshire
Gary Wallis 07484 279951 Careers Hub

*CAREERS Local funding is available to D2N2 Schools, Specialist Schools, Academies, Pupil Referral Units, Virtual Schools, Elected Home Education (through registration with the local authorities) and Colleges to support young people aged 15-19 who are at risk of becoming NEET.

If you want to discuss the Enterprise Adviser Network please contact Rachel Quinn on 0115 957 8740 (landline) or email: rachel.quinn@d2n2lep.org