The Business in Schools Network has been working for three years on improving employability by businesses and schools working together. They have successfully run three events highlighting practice and ways engagement can occur and improve.
The formation of the group, terms of reference and general vision have now been reviewed and it is felt that now is the time to re-launch the group inline with this new vision.
Following on from this review, on 23 January 2015 the LEP Skills education team held a reakfast launch of the Business in Schools Network. Present were a range of businesses and school leaders who heard presentations from Steve Taylor , CEO of the Cabot Learning Federation and Catherine Correia, Corporate Responsibility Manager from Burges Salmon. Both presentations were stressing the importance and benefits of businesses and education working closely with young people preparing them for employment in the future. There was also a presentation from the Education team on the vision for the group and how they can work together to address the schools agenda of the LEP Strategic Economic plan.
Following the presentations there was time for all to network.
There is now a meeting for Business in Schools Network Meeting every 6 weeks.
“Young people are five times less likely to be NEET if they have 4 or more encounters with employers at schools and earn on average 16% more than peers’. (Interpretation of quote from Anthony Mann of the Education and Employers Taskforce)