The Coast to Capital Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) works to connect senior, local business leaders with senior leaders in local schools helping to motivate and inspire young people, to make a major impact on their future career prospects.

The volunteers will work as advisers and will bring their wealth of knowledge and experience of the world of work to help develop a comprehensive action plan for careers education which will fully support young people between 11 and 18 years old.


The Enterprise Adviser Programme has been developed from Lord Young's Enterprise for All report which highlighted the importance of "motivating young people to learn and excel in their see the relevance of their studies".


With support from the national Careers and Enterprise Company, the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is working through its partners to deliver this national programme across the region.


Across the LEP region we have a team of Enterprise Coordinators who each support around 20 schools and colleges in their area and link them to local business.


Beki Tonks, Senior Enterprise Coordinator says: “Over the course of this year, we have recruited our Enterprise Coordinators to ensure that we have a very cohesive team of business savvy people who can inspire businesses to get involved with schools and colleges. Every single person in our communities has a vested interest in the development of capable, well-informed and skilled young people who will be the employees and business owners of the future. One of our priorities is to work with our Enterprise Advisers who are our strategic business volunteers to use their networks and knowledge of the employment landscape to ensure that every young person has meaningful encounters with the world of work. Very robust research shows that young people who have had 4 or more meaningful employer encounters are 86% less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). This is a phenomenal statistic and so simple for us to do with the right support.”


Our aim is to be working with up to 100 schools and colleges across the area this year and we are currently looking to recruit senior, local business individuals. We are looking for charismatic, innovative and passionate individuals to help us achieve this strategic link and set the next generation of our workforce on the path to success.


To be an Enterprise Adviser, ideally you will be:

  • Passionate about raising the career ambitions and work prospects of young people in West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Gatwick Diamond and East Surrey
  • Interested in helping schools and colleges improve their links with the business community
  • A self-starter, willing and able to work at a strategic level


Benefits in becoming an Enterprise Adviser include:

  • The opportunity to help shape the future workforce
  • Making a real difference to inspire young people
  • Challenging and resolving local skills issues
  • A commitment of only eight or so hours a month – the equivalent of just one day
  • Personal development opportunities
  • Showcasing your company
  • Gaining an insight into the world of education
  • Connecting with your local education school or college



The EAN in Croydon

Team London and Coast to Capital are excited to be working together to grow the Enterprise Adviser Network in Croydon. The collaboration between the two local enterprise partnerships will ensure Croydon’s secondary schools, colleges and young people are better connected to both local and Pan London careers and employer engagement opportunities.


Coast to Capital have recruited a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator who will be engaging with the post-16 colleges, SEND, alternative provision schools and colleges in addition to a number of academies. The collaboration between Team London, Coast to Capital, local stakeholders and CIPD will secure senior level Enterprise Advisers to match with the schools and colleges during this academic year. 

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Pru Rowntree on: 


T: 0748 454 5593 


The EAN in coastal West Sussex

The Enterprise Adviser Network is now working with a large proportion of the schools and colleges in coastal West Sussex. We are already working with organisations such as The Body Shop International, GSK, Parafix Holdings, GetMyFirstJob, ETI, Dixons Carphone, Bowers and Wilkins, URT Group, Saga Healthcare, Mind Tools, Carpenter Box, Southern Water and WSP, Parsons Brinckerhoff. During the next few months, we will be actively seeking senior business people who would like the opportunity to help shape the strategy of careers and enterprise within their local schools, leading to young people who have a better understanding of the world of work. This helps them to shape their future workforce.


Beki Tonks is the Enterprise Coordinator supporting this area. She has a background in recruitment, training, enterprise education and has more recently run her own music business in Worthing. She is passionate about both equipping young people with the tools they need for their future as well as supporting businesses to thrive.

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Beki Tonks on: 


T: 07484 542006 


The EAN in East Surrey

Coast to Capital have recently introduced the Enterprise Adviser Network to East Surrey in April 2017; ensuring that the number of encounters with businesses are increased in secondary schools, FE colleges, pupil referral units and SEN schools in the area.


Coast to Capital have recruited a dedicated Enterprise Coordinator, Lisa Mobbs, who is actively engaging with schools, colleges and key stakeholders in the boroughs of Reigate and Banstead, Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell and Tandridge.  Lisa has many years’ experience  working in education as a lecturer in FE, private tutor and commercial trainer.  Lisa’s background is mostly centred on computing and IT.

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Lisa Mobbs on: 


T: 07879 980444


The EAN in Brighton and Hove

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Penny Daly on:


T: 07484  548438


The EAN in North and Mid Sussex

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Alison Constable: 


T: 07484 548878


The EAN in Arun & Chichester

If you would like to get involved in this area please contact Kelly Parkhouse: 


T: 07827332132

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