Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills.
We work directly with young people, their teachers and parents, businesses and influencers to build a successful and sustainable future for all young people and for society at large.
Through our hands-on employability and financial education programmes, resources and teacher training we want to eradicate youth unemployment, help young people realise their potential beyond education and empower a generation to learn, to work and to live.
THE BUSINESS ADVISOR ROLE (VOLUNTEERING)
Using your business experience to help students set up and run a successful business overran academic year. This involves mentoring, facilitation, instilling business acumen and encouraging them to overcome and learn from various challenges and setbacks. You work closely with one or more Centre Leads (usually teaching staff) and sometimes other volunteers.
This role requires an enhanced disclosure with the DBS Update Service and online safeguarding training.
BENEFITS TO PARTICIPANTS (STUDENTS)
The company teams are ‘learning by doing’ – they benefit from the continuity of your experience and guidance in working as a team, solving business problems, communicating, planning, etc. It is their business, your role is to guide, advise, mentor and encourage them to reflect upon their learning and transfer newly- developed skills into new situations .
BENEFITS TO BUSINESS ADVISORS
As well as the satisfaction derived from making a real contribution to helping young people achieve their potential, these opportunities can help develop your self-confidence in a new situation as well as useful skills such as facilitation, mentoring and communication. The experience of helping a young company develop and grow over several months,encountering and tackling a variety of real business issues, can be very rewarding indeed.
TIME COMMITMENT FROM BUSINESS ADVISORS
These programmes run over an academic year, from Sept/Oct through to the end of the Spring Term, sometimes beyond. Teams that progress in the various competition elements can continue into June/July. Generally, your commitment would be to attend the weekly team meetings for at least one hour during term time (perhaps 20-25 meetings over the course of an academic year). These may be during the school day or run as extra-curricular activities.
GET IN TOUCH
We’re looking for Business Advisers in every region across the country.
Get in touch with your local Area Manager here: https://www.young-enterprise.org.uk/about-us/our- work/young-enterprise-by-region/