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The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Confederation of British Industry Join Forces

The Careers & Enterprise Company have partnered with the CBI to undertake new research to better understand how employers engage with schools. From this research they have produced a practical guide for employers who want to engage with schools together with a compendium of case studies from businesses themselves.

The guide is broken down into four key areas focusing on:

  • Why employers should engage with schools
  • Who should be engaged in the process
  • What activities to undertake
  • How to be effective

The value that employers bring when they engage with schools is well evidenced. Research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.

The new research shows that engagement not only allows employers to add value to schools and the lives of young people, but that young people and schools in turn give huge value to employers. In addition to the hard business case for engaging with schools there is a soft business case. Employers told them that volunteering their time to help young people brings their employees joy, increases brand loyalty and importantly helps young people to consider certain career paths and industries for the first time.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the Careers and Enterprise Company, commented: “The Careers and Enterprise Company is delighted to partner with the CBI to provide this practical guide for employers. We feel passionately about helping businesses engage with schools and colleges across the country to ensure young people are inspired and prepared for the world of work, and businesses have access to a strong and diverse talent pool in the future.”

Vikki Haines, Careers and Enterprise Coordinator at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce: “We view business engagement with schools as playing a crucial role in preparing young people for their future career pathways. The Black Country Chamber have partnered with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Black Country LEP to drive forward the Enterprise Adviser Network Programme to support quality employer encounters for all.” 

For more information please contact Vicki Haines on 01902 912333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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