The value that employers bring when they support careers education in schools and colleges is well evidenced. For example, a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer during their school years is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training.
Meeting employers and experiencing the world of work is a crucial part of careers education, helping to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.
Whether your aim is to improve social mobility, inspire and develop the future workforce or give back to the community in which you operate, your support will be greatly appreciated by students, their parents/carers and school staff.
It’s a relationship that benefits everyone. Employees working with schools can develop new skills that benefit their employer and research suggests that employer-supported volunteering leads to increased employee engagement.
Depending on the time and resources you have available, there are many ways to get involved:
Schools and colleges offer lots of opportunities for employers to be involved in their careers education programme. For example, you could deliver a careers talk about your job role, organisation or sector, offer a workplace tour, provide a work experience placement, take part in a mock interview day or deliver a CV writing workshop?
A good place to start is to contact your nearest Enterprise Coordinator. Informed by the CEC’s research and their knowledge of the schools and colleges they work with, they can give you helpful advice about how best to deploy your time and resources, where it is needed most, and which activities are in demand.
As an Enterprise Adviser you'll work directly with a school or college's senior leadership team to develop their careers programme. Combine your passion for raising the aspirations of young people with your strategic skills to help put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education. Find out more.
Cornerstone Employers give strategic support to clusters of secondary schools and colleges to empower careers provision in an area. As a Cornerstone Employer, your organisation will work with the Careers Hub, your business contacts and the wider business community. Together, we will ensure that all young people in your local cluster of secondary schools and colleges have the opportunity to prepare for and feel inspired by the world of work. Find out more.