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Employers and Volunteers

Employers are key to the success of the HotSW Careers Hub and of our young people. We work with businesses of all sizes to ensure they find the right future talent for their organisation and offer every young person the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Encounters with employers bring the world of work to life for young people. Research shows that a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career. Our long-term aim is to match every secondary school in the Heart of the South West area to a dedicated business volunteer or Enterprise Adviser (EA) by the end of 2020.

We are currently working with over 90 Enterprise Advisers (EAs) across Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay but we are always looking for more. Our valuable EAs help to support local Secondary Schools / Colleges to develop and implement a strategic Careers Plan to drive aspiration and skills needed for the future workforce.

There are many ways your business can help:

  • Offer young people encounters with the world of work, such as mentoring or work experience
  • Encourage your staff to volunteer for local outreach activities or work encounters
  • Take your school engagement programmes into more schools and colleges
  • Volunteer as an individual Enterprise Adviser and work with a local school or college to help develop their careers plan – Become an Enterprise Adviser

Employers tell us more about why they became an enterprise adviser

Carl Obedair Construction

Jason – Atlas Packaging

Matt – Kazbar