MD1559 Enterprise Adviser Programme

Type of decision: 
Mayoral decision
Date signed: 
09 October 2015
Decision by: 
Boris Johnson MP (past staff), Mayor of London

Executive summary

Team London has been selected, by the Careers and Enterprise Company, and offered funding to deliver the Enterprise Adviser programme in London.  The EA programme matches professional volunteers with schools to develop a strong careers education strategy to enable their students to succeed in the workplace.  This builds on the existing work Team London and the Education and Youth Team to support schools and teachers, and to connect them with business to ensure a work work-ready, informed pipeline of young people.


The Mayor approves:

1. Receipt of £125,000 funding from the Careers & Enterprise Company.

2. Expenditure of up to a maximum of £250,000 including the income, plus £50,000 in-kind match from Team London Young Ambassador’s programme, £50,000 in-kind match staff budget and £25,000 from the Team London programme budget. 

Part 1: Non-confidential facts and advice

Introduction and background

1.1    The decision to deliver the Enterprise Adviser programme was made at the IPB session on the 18 August 2015.

1.2    As part of the LEP’s London Ambitions careers offer for schools, the Skills & Employment Working Group signed off a bid for £150,000 of funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company in June this year. On 31 July the LEP was advised that the bid was successful (at £125,000) and that the GLA (on behalf of the LEP) would be asked to enter into a funding agreement by the end of August.

Objectives and expected outcomes

2.1    150 volunteer Enterprise advisers (EAs) will be integrated into London’s developing career infrastructure and will be key to implementing the Career and Enterprise Company’s and LEP’s offer to schools. The Coordinators will be managed through the Mayor’s volunteering programme (Team London) based at City Hall and employed by the GLA (as the LEP’s accountable body). Team London will report formally to the LEP’s Skills and Employment Working Group as well as meeting regularly with LEP Officers to discuss progress.

2.2    The Enterprise Adviser programme will:
-    Match 150 Enterprise Advisers with 75 London school
-    Deliver 800 school visits between Enterprise and Adviser and senior management at the school
-    Enable 75 London schools to create careers education strategies
-    Work with schools where:

o    80% of schools have a higher than national average number of students receiving free-school-meals rate
o    25% of schools will be primary and 75% will be secondary
o    100% of schools will be non-fee paying

Equality comments

3.1    Implications will be considered further as part of the programme development.  Team London has a number of policies to support volunteering programmes which include a diversity and inclusion policy.  We will follow GLA best practice on hiring when recruiting to support the programme.

Other considerations

4.1    The £125,000 grant from the Careers and Enterprise Company will be managed by Team London. Team London is required to match-fund the £125,000 grant from the Careers and Enterprise Company.  With agreement from the Careers and Enterprise Company, Team London will effect:

-    £50,000 in-kind match from Team London’s wider engagement with London’s schools through the Team London Young Ambassador’s programme
-    £50,000 in-kind match existing staff budget.  An existing role within Team London will lead the programme.
-     £25,000 cash match from the Team London programme budget. 

Financial comments

5.1    The total estimated gross cost of this proposal is £250,000 and the net cost to the GLA will be up to the value of £125,000, with the balance of £125,000 being funded via a grant from the Careers & Enterprise Company. 

5.2    The GLA will provide match funding for this project in the form of in-kind support via staff time up to the value of £50,000 and from the existing Team London Programme budget for 2015-16 totalling £75,000. The GLA cash contribution is made up specifically from the Young Ambassadors element of the programme up to the value of £50,000 (which was already planned to take place prior to the award of this grant) and an additional £25,000 cash contribution approved by MD1526. An estimated project budget (including the GLA match funding) is shown below:

    Expenditure                                                                                               £000
    Staffing Resource & Expenses                                                                    155
    Training & Tailoring Materials for Enterprise Advisers                                  30
    Reward & Recognition     for Enterprise Advisers                                           5
    Best Practice Sharing Events                                                                        10
    Young Ambassadors Programme (already approved by MD1526)               50
    Gross Expenditure                                                                                       250

    Income – Grant from Careers & Enterprise                                               (125)

    Net Cost to GLA (Match Funding)                                                               125*

*As per above, GLA Net cost includes in-kind support via staff time up to the value of £50,000 and cash contribution of £75,000 from Team London Programme budget approved by MD1526.

5.3    Any changes to this proposal, including budgetary implications will be subject to further approval via the Authority’s decision-making process. All appropriate budget adjustments will be made. 

Investment and Performance Board

7.1    Approval in-principle to deliver the Enterprise Adviser programme was made at the IPB meeting on the 18 August 2015.

Planned delivery approach and next steps



Team London applies for grant

June 2015

Team London offered grant

5 August 2015

Enterprise Adviser programme agreed by IPB

18 August 2015

Team London signs grant agreement with Careers and Enterprise Company

26 September 2015

Team London hires two Enterprise Coordinators

November 2015

Team London starts to deliver programme

October 2015

Delivery End Date (for project proposals)

25 July 2016

Final evaluation start and finish (self):

August 2016