Make 2017 the year you give something back to a new generation

Make 2017 the year you give something back to a new generation

03 January 2017

If you don’t fancy hitting the gym this January, why not make a different kind of New Year’s resolution – one that will help the next generation of workers?

The hunt is on for more business leaders to become ‘Enterprise Advisers’, working with young people to provide career advice and business expertise.

During the last year, 80 Enterprise Advisers have been working with 80 secondary schools and colleges across South Yorkshire, including 27 Sheffield schools and colleges. 

The Enterprise Advisers programme for Sheffield City Region bridges the gap between education and work, and promotes the skills needed by the workforce of the future.

Sheffield City Council now wants to extend this service to all schools, and they’re asking more business leaders to sign up and offer their expertise.

Over the past year, Sheffield Enterprise Advisers have organised 24 mentors from local businesses to support children from Stocksbridge school; organised a visit from business leaders at King Edwards where school children had to guess their jobs; and organised for year 9 pupils from Springs Academy to attend a full council meeting and meet with local councillors to find out more about the workings of local government

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Business leaders have been doing a fantastic job working with schools across the city. I know schools appreciate the time and commitment given to the young people they work with.

“I believe it’s vital that our students are involved in activities beyond the classroom and gain experience of the world of work and would encourage any business people to get involved. It’s exciting and very rewarding – just get it touch to discuss what is involved.”

To find out how to become an Enterprise Adviser, visit  or contact Mike Garnock-Jones at for more information.

If you are looking to start a business, become self-employed or already have an early-stage start-up business in Sheffield, Business Sheffield are here to help you get your idea off the ground, set up and grow. Call them on 0114 224 5000 today.