Careers and Training

London Enterprise Adviser Network

Calling all Sutton business leaders.

Help give Sutton’s young people the careers advice they need!


Sutton Council is pleased to be working with employment specialists Reed in Partnership to

deliver an initiative that connects students with business leaders in

order to boost their future Prospects.


Businesses are being invited to get involved with LEAN – the London Enterprise Adviser

Network – to support local regeneration and ensure that Sutton’s young people have

opportunities to learn about the world of work through a comprehensive and quality careers


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Why the Enterprise Adviser Network is important?

Did you know that 66% of businesses want to recruit people with work experience, yet only

38% offer it? Or that a huge 82% of teachers think that better careers and business

guidance is needed in schools?


LEAN is looking for senior business employees who are willing to volunteer a small amount

of their time to become an Enterprise Adviser (EA).


As an EA, you will work with a school or college’s Careers Leader to create links with

business so that students have access to relevant and impactful careers advice. You’ll help

the school to develop a careers support plan to help students to make informed decisions

about their future.


Reed in Partnership’s team of Enterprise Coordinators will provide you with specialist

training and offer you continued support in your role.

Businesses who are interested in joining the London Enterprise Adviser Network can find out

more and register here.

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The London Enterprise Adviser Network is funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company

and the Greater London Authority.


In Central, South & West London the Network is delivered by Reed in Partnership on behalf

of Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering team, and the Careers & Enterprise



Upcoming Events

On the 26th and 27th September 2019, Glenthorne High School attended RMAS STEM 19, an event delivered by the Army in which young people experience a number of activities and meet role models related to STEM careers. You can find the case study here.


Explore Your Horizons: Speed Networking Event (LEAN), Thursday 28th November 2019. (This event has now taken place)


South London – EA Recruitment Event – Wednesday 11th December 2019.

Can you get involved and help inspire the next generation?

Open Evening Wednesday 11th December at Sutton College

Did you know that unemployment for young people is higher in London than elsewhere in England? Yet just four or more encounters with the world of work can reduce the chances of a young person being unemployed, not in education or training, and significantly increase their earning potential.  


The London Enterprise Advisor Network sets out to achieve just this through supporting a team of Enterprise Advisers volunteering in secondary schools and colleges across London.  

An Enterprise Adviser is a volunteer from business who works closely with the Careers Leader of a school or college providing strategic support. Using their business experience and professional networks to help develop and implement an effective careers programme that is vital for inspiring young people. You can read more about the role here.  

Due to the success and impact the network is having on careers education we are scaling up. Our network now covers every London borough and we are aspiring to work with every secondary school, FE College and pupil referral unit across the city. To achieve this we need to recruit more volunteers.

If you or one of your colleagues are interested in supporting careers education in your local community, are passionate about the future of young people and could spare a few hours each month then please register for the London Enterprise Adviser Event, on 11th December, 6:00-8.30pm hosted at Sutton College. The event will provide an opportunity to find out more about the network in London, hear from current Enterprise Advisers and ask any questions about the role of an Enterprise Adviser.

For more information on the event and to let us know if you are attending please Register Here


14 to 19 education, employment, and skills

The government has raised the age for all young people in England to stay in education or training until they turn 18. Young people will need to choose one of the following options after they turn 16:

  • full-time education – school, college or home education
  • an apprenticeship
  • part-time education or training if they’re employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (defined as 20 hours or more a week)

Locally, further information can be obtained from the Quad on 020 8770 5754.

Alternatively, please follow the link here for the 16+ Route Planner released by Surrey County Council for more in-depth guidance.

London Borough of Sutton Careers

For current vacancies at Sutton Council, please visit the Council website Jobs and careers page here.


Volunteering is a great way to gain vital work experience and develop the skills and behaviours employers are looking for.  It also helps build confidence and increases your network of support whilst making a difference to the people and the environment around you.

Careers, Information, Advice, and Guidance

Thinking about your future? Not sure what you want job you want?  The links below can help you navigate through different career pathways and plot a route to help you get the job you want.

Career services


University of York

The University of York have put together an insightful guide for aspiring senior managers, showing the best practices when writing a career development plan. The guide covers:

  • Why having a career development plan is important and how it can help a person accelerate and excel in life and their chosen field.
  • How to craft a career development plan, including practical tips and advice for both employees and managers on writing a plan, setting clear objectives, improving productivity, as well as knowledge transfer and retention.
  • For managers – how to talk to your employees about their career goals and find learning opportunities, and how to put all these into a career development plan that will help support and achieve these goals.
  • Other useful resources and FAQs.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is the publicly funded careers service for adults and young people (aged 13 or over) in England. The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search and the labour market, delivered by qualified, impartial careers advisers. It can be accessed online, by telephone and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over).

In London, the National Careers Service is delivered by Prospects.


To book an appointment in Sutton, please call the National Careers Service London Contact Centre on 0203 714 8350.


Career Pilot

This website helps young people, parents, and carers to:

  • Plan study & work
  • Inform choices at 14, 16 and 18
  • Identify routes to different qualifications and job sectors using career tools to help you decide.

Youth Employment

Youth Employment UK helps young people and support all those working in the youth employment space.


Start Profile

Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect people aged 11-18 with their future career potential.


Talking Jobs

Talking Jobs is about broadening young people’s horizons through exploration and discussion in an open ended way.

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PLANit Global

PLANit Global is an interactive digital careers platform that connects businesses, schools and local people. Nurturing the workforce and management of the future is key to the success of the economy, locally and nationally.


Creative Choices

This is an independent charity that provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people in Creative Industries.



icould provide career inspiration and information for young people showing what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through  personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.


All About School Leavers

AllAboutSchoolLeavers help school leavers get jobs and understand the career paths available to them.


Health Careers

This site provides help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer.


Not Going To Uni

This site helps school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs



Volunteer Centre Sutton

Volunteer Centre Sutton helps local people find positive volunteering opportunities and in supports organisations attract and develop great volunteer teams.



vInspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14 – 25 year olds. vInspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.


Do-it lists over 1 million volunteering opportunities nationally enabling 200,000 people every month to donate their time and build their skills, Do-it ensures that almost 60,000 organisations find the help they need to provide vital services to the community.

Specialist recruitment sites for school leavers


Future Talent

Future Talent specifically designed to be a resource for school and college leavers looking for their next step whether that is an apprenticeship, school leaver programme, entry level job, further study, or a sponsored learning programme.


Get My First Job

GetMyFirstJob offers a new way to find apprenticeships and opportunities to get ahead. It’s not just a search tool as it connects applicants with the job vacancies, employers and training providers.


Working Chance

Working Chance is a recruitment consultancy supporting women aged 18-25, who are leaving the criminal justice or the care systems, into great jobs with mainstream employers.


Go Think Big is an online digital hub, providing information on work experience opportunities, valuable career advice, and apprenticeship opportunities.