Business support

Supporting enterprise for young people

Enterprise in Schools Grant

The Enterprise in Schools Grant (EiSG) programme ran in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. This competitive scheme was designed to help Devon’s schools create or expand opportunities for enterprise education and the formation of strong links with businesses. The grant was awarded to innovative proposals that could demonstrate benefits for both pupils and staff, and collaborative multi-school bids, as well as single school applications, were welcome.

The scheme is informed by the Enterprise for All Report with the aim of funding enterprise education which is:

1. Captive and meaningful to young people through real-life contact with business and
work, particularly for those put off by more theoretical or academic learning; and
made relevant in the way the curriculum and exams are designed and delivered.

2. Continuous, beginning with inspiration and a first taste of enterprise in primary and
secondary education and then the application of that learning through further and
higher education, and later in life.

3. Coherent, first as a strong and consistent government message to empower
educators to embed enterprise in their teaching; second, in the way we measure and
distinguish the impact of an institution’s enterprise activity; and third, through better
coordination and consistency in what already exists, to ensure that all young people
are able to access enterprise-related programmes.

The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graftham (2014)

Read the full report at

EiSG Reports

Read the Enterprise in Schools Grant 2014-2015 report here.

Read the Enterprise in Schools Grant 2014-2015 report here (Available July 2016).

Enterprise Adviser Service

The Enterprise Adviser Service is designed to encourage links between schools and business. The aim is to encourage businesses to work together with schools to support young people in making choices about their future career.

The project will provide better information to schools about skills needs, so that existing career-focused activities can be enhanced and developed.

Initially the project will run in 36 schools across the Heart of the South area, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Schools have been selected according to a number of criteria, including exam results, the number of pupils receiving free school meals and the numbers of school leavers not in education, employment or training (NEETS).

CSW Group is contracted to provide the service, which is being funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Devon County Council, Somerset County Council, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Development Agency.

See 7th March 2016 Press Release here.

Update (08/06/2016): We have received the first set of applications and are now matching schools with Enterprise Advisers. However, we are still keen to hear from employers, particularly in the Somerset area. We are also hoping the project will continue in the future, depending upon funding, so please do get in touch if you are interested. To find out more please contact CSW or complete the Enterprise Adviser application form.


Details of enterprise education services and advice can be found using the links below. This is not an exhaustive list and is provided for information purposes only: