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Introducing the Enterprise Adviser Network

Our Enterprise Adviser Network is a powerful network of business leaders, schools/colleges and careers education providers all working collaboratively to facilitate stable, quality, inspirational and relevant careers guidance for young people aged 11 to 19. Our aim is to ensure young people leave education with the skills, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by our employers for economic sustainability and growth. Download our Programme leaflet here.

SEMLEP currently has two Enterprise Adviser Networks. One network covering Northamptonshire, which was a national pilot area established in 2014 and created by Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership. A second network covering Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes was launched in January 2016 and is still in the development phase. 

Following the LEP merger with Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership, we are currently in the process of integrating our websites. Until this process is complete, for information relating to the Northamptonshire Network, please click here to be redirected to our LoveBrightFutures website. For information relating to the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Network, please see below. 

Careers & Enterprise Company Programme


We are delighted to be working in partnership with this national programme, set up to help young people reach their potential and attain their best possible future.

SEMLEP's Careers and Enterprise Programme, part of a national programme set up to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work, aims to link businesses and schools so that 11 to 19-year-olds gain an understanding of growth business sectors, make the most of opportunities within the labour market, develop relevant skills and choose appropriate qualifications.

SEMLEP's Enterprise Coordinators are now working with schools and businesses across the area, inviting schools to sign up to the programme and business owners and senior managers to become Enterprise Advisers.

These Advisers are volunteering their time in a local secondary school or college, working with the Enterprise Coordinators to help careers staff develop and shape their careers and enterprise strategies, increase employer engagement and to draw on their own business experience and local business networks.

If you are interested in this programme and would like to know more please contact SEMLEP’s Enterprise Coordinators:

For Northamptonshire contact Vikki Morton by calling 07568 428162 or emailing vikki.morton@semlep.com

For Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire contact Peter Rayner by calling 07568 428159 or emailing peter.rayner@semlep.com

For Milton Keynes and Luton contact Deb Foster by calling 07712 673318 or emailing deborah.foster@semlep.com

Enterprise Adviser Network

Join our Network

The purpose of the Enterprise Adviser Network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and the schools and colleges in their area.

The aims are to:

  • Promote and guide in embedding quality, relevant careers and enterprise education throughout the school or college
  • Increase employer engagement

Enterprise Advisers (EAs) are high calibre volunteer business people or a teams from a business, for example an HR department, who work with the leadership team and careers staff of a school/college to develop effective employer engagement plans.

Each EA is matched to one school or college and is supported by our Enterprise Coordinators. They encourage employer engagement through their own networks and those of SEMLEP and the local authorities.

How can you make an impact?

This may be of interest to you if you:

  • Are a person who can work at a planning or strategic level
  • Are passionate about motivating young people
  • Have good connections with other employers and willing to use the contacts to help a school
  • Are prepared to commit for a few hours a term for a minimum of one academic year

Being part of the programme offers the opportunity to:

  • Help develop the development of the future workforce
  • Drive future talent
  • Raise the profile both for the company and yourself with the community, educators and young people
  • Improve networks with businesses, local authorities and SEMLEP
  • Use the programme as an opportunity for CPD of staff
  • Make your CSR be part of a solution

Watch this video to find out more HERE.

Or download our Enterprise Adviser Network flyer HERE.

To become an Enterprise Adviser please contact SEMLEP’s Enterprise Coordinators:

For Northamptonshire contact Vikki Morton by calling 07568 428162 or emailing vikki.morton@semlep.com

For Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire contact Peter Rayner by calling 07568 428159 or emailing peter.rayner@semlep.com

For Milton Keynes and Luton contact Deb Foster by calling 07712 673318 or emailing deborah.foster@semlep.com

Meet our Advisers

We are delighted to share with you our current list of Enterprise Advisers, representing businesses across the South East Midlands:

  • Across-the-Board Recruitment Ltd - Tracie Neary
  • Andrews UK Limited - Paul Andrews
  • Arcadis - Kate Aspinall
  • Ashley Riley Communications - Ashley Riley
  • Aspect - Paul Schofield
  • Avancos Global - Mark Sawyer
  • Bell Consultancy - Paula Grayson
  • CATS - Matt Harvey
  • Capgemini - Julian Higgs
  • Cathy Hyde Associates - Cathy Hyde
  • CITB - Richard Nutt
  • Dacsher - Nicky Holdcroft
  • Digitally Engaged - Adam Naisbitt
  • Digitally Engaged - Muhammad Sajjid
  • E-Filing - Richard Osborne
  • Ensafe - GregKirkman
  • Europa Components - David Sheridan
  • FCO Services, Security & Property Group (SPG) - Richard Dibben
  • Federation of Small Businesses - Caron Kendall
  • GKN Aerospace Services Limited - Estelle Shearman
  • Grant Thornton Solicitors - Ashley Clarkson
  • Greenslades - Graham Goss
  • Haines and Watts - Steven Watts         
  • Icthus UK - Alastair Wilson
  • IKEA - Charlie Browne
  • Karen Kissane Consulting - Karen Kissane
  • Knights of Old - Nick Bithell
  • Knorr-Bremse Rail Services (UK) Limited - Harjeet Moore
  • Kuehne-Nagel - Robin Tringham     
  • Life's Kitchen - Nick Levens
  • Lisa Townsend Associates - Lisa Townsend
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Paul Shadbolt
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Philip Fulton
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Alex Thomas
  • Lloyds Banking Group - David Sammons
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Andy Robinson
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Paula Daniels
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Angela Singh
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Tracy Ridge
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Kamran Farooq
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Alastair Massingham
  • Lloyds Banking Group - Gill Newman
  • Mahle Powertrain - Anthony Green
  • Network Rail - Jane Osayimwen
  • Nissan Technical Centre Europe - Rob Batterham
  • Northamptonshire NHS - Jo Stewart
  • Parker Fluidic Solutions - Jurate Paltanaviciute
  • Parker Hannifin - Marie Jones
  • Partners in Export - Peter Jenkin
  • Plowman Craven - Jyoti Manani           
  • Plowman Craven - Rupee Dhoot
  • Progressive Learning Solutions - Cheryl Woods
  • Purely HR Ltd - Catherine Rees
  • ReMarkIt - Mark Collier
  • SEMLEP - Paul Thompson 
  • Shakespeare Davenport Limited - Margaret Desir
  • Snap On Tools - Julian Winch
  • Specialist Project Integration - Simon Wray
  • Square Peg Recruitment - Caroline Indge
  • Starting Off - Dale Willis
  • Team BEDS & LUTON - Lloyd Conaway
  • Tidy Technology Solutions - Craig Bartlett
  • Trac Apprentices - Kerry Linley
  • Training 4U - Mohammed Islam
  • Travis Perkins - Lorraine Wood
  • Tugela HR - Thomas Schilling
  • Unilever - Rachel Donaldson
  • Vauxhall Group - Lizzie Moffatt
  • Velocity Growth Hub - Emmanuelle Clement
  • Welcome Break - Nicola Marshall
  • Wilson Browne Solicitors - Kevin Rogers
  • Wright Logistic Services - Jim Wright
  • XPO Logistics - Mark Simmons

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Enterprise Adviser please contact SEMLEP’s Enterprise Coordinators:

For Northamptonshire contact Vikki Morton by calling 07568 428162 or emailing vikki.morton@semlep.com

For Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire contact Peter Rayner by calling 07568 428159 or emailing peter.rayner@semlep.com

For Milton Keynes and Luton contact Deb Foster by calling 07712 673318 or emailing deborah.foster@semlep.com

Schools and Colleges

Benefits to your school or college

How having an Enterprise Adviser can benefit your school

The SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise programme aims to provide resource to support the school or college plans and policies.

Becoming a partner within the programme offers a number of benefits: 

  • Assistance to help embed a school or college derived relevant careers and enterprise plan across the whole establishment using simple tools
  • Improve and make employer engagement easier
  • Simplify and highlight effective, relevant careers and enterprise provision and providers
  • Joint review activity, to refine and adapt through best practice
  • Gain access to regular labour market information for use by teachers, students and parents or guardians
  • All activity and provision is mapped against curriculum, Gatsby and the CDI Framework and contribute to the new Ofsted Inspection Framework

What we don’t do:

  • Deliver careers and enterprise activitie
  • Duplicate work already in place, e.g. National Careers Service, we compliment
  • Charge for our services

To become a partner in the programme and gain access to the free supporting tools and resources please contact SEMLEP’s Enterprise Coordinators:

For Northamptonshire contact Vikki Morton by calling 07568 428162 or emailing vikki.morton@semlep.com

For Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire contact Peter Rayner by calling 07568 428159 or emailing peter.rayner@semlep.com

For Milton Keynes and Luton contact Deb Foster by calling 07712 673318 or emailing deborah.foster@semlep.com

Our school and college partners

Meet our partner schools and colleges, all of which have signed up to SEMLEP's Careers and Enterprise Programme.

Bedford Borough

  • Bedford Academy
  • Bedford Free School
  • Bedford College
  • Biddenham Upper School
  • Castle Newnham School
  • Greys Education Centre
  • Kempston Challenger Academy
  • Kimberley 16 - 19 Stem College
  • Lincroft School
  • Mark Rutherford School
  • St Thomas More Catholic School
  • Wootton Upper School, Wootton   

Central Bedfordshire

  • Academy of Central Bedfordshire (Houghton Regis and Stotfold campus)
  • All Saints Academy
  • Cedars Upper School
  • Central Bedfordshire College
  • Harlington Upper School
  • Manshead School
  • Priory Academy
  • Queensbury Academy
  • Redborne Upper School and Community College
  • Samuel Whitbread Academy
  • Sandy Upper School
  • Stratton Upper School
  • Vandyke Upper School and Community College


  • Barnfield College
  • Challney High School for Boys
  • Challney High School for Girls
  • Cardinal Newman School
  • Denbigh High School
  • Icknield High School
  • Lealands High School
  • Lea Manor School
  • Putteridge High School
  • Stockwood Academy
  • Stopsley High School

Milton Keynes

  • Denbigh School
  • Lord Grey School
  • Oakhill Secure Training Centre
  • Ousedale School
  • Shenley Brook End School
  • Sir Herbert Leon Academy
  • Stantonbury Campus
  • St Paul's Catholic School
  • The Hazeley Academy
  • The Radcliffe School
  • Walton High


  • Bishop Stopford School
  • Brooke Weston Academy
  • Campion School
  • Caroline Chisholm School
  • Corby Business Academy
  • Elizabeth Woodville School
  • Friars Academy
  • Guilsborough Academy
  • Hospital and Outreach Education
  • Kettering Buccleuch Academy
  • Kingsthorpe College
  • Lodge Park Academy
  • Manor School Sports College
  • Malcolm Arnold Academy
  • Montsaye Academy
  • Moulton School and Science College
  • Northampton Academy
  • Northampton College (Daventry Campus)
  • Northampton School for Girls
  • Northgate School Arts College
  • Quinton House School
  • Rushden Community College
  • Sir Christopher Hatton Academy
  • Southfield School for Girls
  • The Duston School
  • The Latimer Arts College
  • Thomas Becket Catholic School
  • Weston Favell Academy
  • Wollaston School
  • Wrenn School

Labour Market Information

Stats and facts

The programme aims to highlight the opportunities within key market sectors within the South East Midlands.

Our Showcase Sectors which our area demonstrates particular strengths in, and we are targeting as having the greatest potential to grow comprise:

  • High Performance Technology
  • Manufacturing and Advanced Technology
  • Logistics
  • Cultural and Creative

Other important market sectors in need of young people include:

  • Business and Financial Services
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Education
  • Health
  • Wholesale and Retail

An overview of the sectors, skills needed and where to find further information can be found in the “What Work” guide HERE.

Connecting businesses and schools

How it works

The SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise programme has been developed from the 2014 “Enterprise for All” and Gatsby “Good Career Guidance” reports.

The conclusion of the reports showed that for Careers and Enterprise education

  • Best practice and benchmarks exist
  • Frequent employer engagement works for young people
  • There is inconsistent coverage of
  • The market place is crowded with providers
  • There is no clarity as to what works best

The resultant actions have been a change in the statutory curriculum, a revised Ofsted inspection framework and the creation of the Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company Core beliefs are:

  • Make it relevant to the labour market
  • Learn by doing
  • Start young – 11/12-year-old
  • Map a journey for the young people, develop and capture evidence of skills and experience
  • Think beyond the grade – qualifications alone are not enough

The principles are:

  • Build on what works
  • Test, learn and adapt
  • Enable and convene the best programmes
  • Work nationally, tailor locally

How the local SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise programme works can be found HERE.

Inspiring The Future

SEMLEP is partnered with Inspiring The Future to provide a free brokerage service to link local businesses with our schools and colleges - to help create a workforce with the talent and aspirations that our growing economy demands.

With over 300 schools and colleges across the South East Midlands which are responsible for training the future workforce, and a plethora of individuals and companies who are passionate to engage and help, SEMLEP is committed to help bring businesses, schools and colleges together.

Find out more about Inspiring the Future HERE.

To find out more get in touch with our Head of Skills and Enterprise:paul.thompson@semlep.com


Founders4Schools’ mission is to improve the life chances of students by giving them access to inspiring business leaders in their community who help them discover the skills and pathways that will be relevant when they leave education.

It is a FREE nationwide service that enables teachers to connect with leaders of successful, growing businesses to invite them to visit their schools and inspire their students.

For more details contact founders4schools at www.founders4schools.org.uk.

Skills Show 2017

Skills Show: 11th July 2017

Building on successful events run in recent years, the Skills Show will provide a unique platform to inspire and motivate young people and showcase the opportunities and the skills needed by employers in the South-East Midlands. The show is an integral part of the activity designed to ensure young people are work ready and enabled to explore and understand the attributes and skills needed as part of their careers development.

The skills and careers event will be delivered through a collaboration between SEMLEP, WorldSkills UK, Prospects, Aspire, Northamptonshire County Council, and other experienced local partners.

The event takes place on 11th July 2017 at Northampton Saints Rugby Club.

Participants already include:


Babcock International


Balfour Beatty

Childbase Partnership (Nene Valley)

Church's Shoes

CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport)

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)

Film Northants

John Lewis

Kettering Borough Training



Nova Training


Opus Energy


Rolton GRP

Siemens Rail

Tidy Tech Solutions


XPO Logistics

Employers - We would very much welcome you to be a part of this event this summer

Schools - make this part of your careers activity to inspire and inform students

  • · The event is aimed at young people aged 14-19 years, including specialist schools and colleges
  • · Features 'have a go' activities, talks from experts, skills demonstrations and careers advice
  • · Exhibitors and experiences reflect the local labour market and include representation from sectors including high performance technology; construction; food manufacturing/technology; cultural and creative; shoe industry; logistics; health; education; accommodation and food

For more information or to register your attendance contact:

Catherine Wong 

Choices Adviser

Prospects Services

T: 07714 736670

E: catherine.wong@prospects.co.uk

Job Centre Plus Support

Following successful pilot schemes, this initiative has now been launched across SEMLEP. Click here for full details and information on who to contact in your area to arrange support. Please let your Enterprise Coordinator know how you get on. 



Event Invitations from Engineering in Motion

Teachers, Careers Staff and Enterprise Advisers have been invited to the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools or the F1 in Schools UK Final at Silverstone on the 28th, 29th or 30th March 2017. You are welcome to attend any day and see the STEM challenges in action. This is a great opportunity to learn about how careers provision can link directly with the needs of employers in one of the region’s key labour market growth sectors. Book in by Friday 17th March using the links in the attached invitations.



Joining the Dots Awards and Conference

The Careers & Enterprise Company would like to invite our school contacts to the second annual ‘Joining the Dots’ Conference on Wednesday 10 May, 10:30 – 16:30, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. All our Enterprise Advisers will have received an individual invite separately. Reasonable travel expenses will be available for those attending. Following the conference, the Careers & Enterprise Company will be hosting the ‘Joining the Dots’ Awards between 4.30pm and 6pm. The awards will be an opportunity to celebrate the impact that the Network is making to prepare young people for the world of work. If you would like to make a nomination for the awards, category details and nomination forms can be found below.

Joining The Dots Awards

Northamptonshire joint schools and EA event - June 2017

Event presentations