ELBA joins the London Enterprise Adviser Network

 In Education, News

We are excited to announce the expansion of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Adviser Network to east London, for which ELBA and Local London have been named delivery partners. This programme is delivered on behalf of the GLA and the Careers & Enterprise Company. It supports the Mayor’s Skills for Londoners Strategy and Careers for Londoners Action Plan, that ensure all Londoners have the skills they need to fulfil their potential.

LEAN East is committed to working with schools and colleges to improve their careers provision and to promote opportunities for students to get an early start in career skills. By 2020, over 150 secondary schools, further education colleges and pupil referral units across the nine boroughs will be supported by up to 300 Enterprise Advisers, with volunteers from all industries and business types involved.

Enterprise Advisers volunteer their time to help school and college careers leaders to increase their engagement with businesses and to support young people setting up structured careers plans. This means that young Londoners from all backgrounds can access the opportunities that the capital has to offer.

Ian Parkes, Chief Executive of ELBA said:

“ELBA are delighted to be working with Local London on this exciting project.  ELBA have a long history of bringing employers together with schools in east London, and we look forward to using our expertise as part of LEAN EAST to recruit and train the business volunteers as Enterprise Advisers.”

Cllr Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking & Dagenham Council, and Chair of Local London said:

“It is critical for our young people that they have the opportunity to engage with business and industry. This programme is a great opportunity for schools, colleges and pupil referral units in the Local London boroughs to benefit from professional support and help our young people prepare for their future careers.”

Local London Director, Julian Ellerby said:

“We are very excited to be delivering the LEAN EAST network, and the opportunity for our partnership to contribute directly to the delivery of the Mayor of London’s Skills for Londoners Strategy.”

If you would like to volunteer your time and skills as an Enterprise Adviser, visit our website for more details.

  • LEAN EAST is part of the expansion of the London Enterprise Adviser Network across London, and the EAST network will work with state-funded secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units in the nine LEAN EAST boroughs: Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.
  • ELBA will work in partnership with Local London ( to deliver the LEAN EAST network. Local London is a partnership made up of eight London Boroughs; Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Enfield, Greenwich, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest
  • The expansion is co-funded by Careers & Enterprise Company as part of their network of more than 2,000 Enterprise Advisers and 2,000 schools and colleges across the UK.
  • The LEAN will help schools, colleges and pupil referral units to work towards meeting the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks that represent best practice in careers education.
  • Encounters with employers and employees is highlighted as being a vital part of this best practice, with research showing that a young person who has 4 or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 22% more during their career.
  • A team of Enterprise Coordinators, led by a Senior Enterprise Coordinator, will work with LEAN EAST schools, colleges and pupil referral units from late April onwards. East London Business Alliance will lead on the recruitment and training of Enterprise Advisers and matching them to schools, colleges and PRUs.
  • The LEAN EAST network is funded until the end of August 2020.


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