The Trust understands the importance of providing young people with opportunities to develop employability skills and is ensuring that they are fully supported to make informed choices about the next stage in their education, employment or training.
The Trust's Careers and Employability Strategy sets out how the Trust will make this happen in reality including a commitment to ensure that students have at least 2 ‘purposeful and impact measured’ employer interventions by the end of Key Stage 2, six by the end of Key Stage 4 and 10 by the end of Key Stage 5.
The strategy ensures that the Trust is working to the eight benchmarks highlighted in the Gatsby Report for Good Career Guidance published in 2014 and takes on board all the recommendations made by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills & the Economy made in July 2016.
Over the last seven years the Trust has developed relationships with a number of key employers such as DHL, intu Properties, Ikano, Capital One, Browne Jacobson, Experian and EON. The Trust is now working to strengthen these existing partnerships and open up new opportunities to work with even more employers. Click here to find out more about our existing Strategic Partnerships.
The business case for why schools and academies need to work more closely with businesses is unquestionable. Research shows that young adults who recall four or more employer contacts are five times less likely to find themselves not in education, employment or training (EET, 2012). There are also significant benefits for employers of 55% believe they’ll be unable to find enough high skilled recruits in the future and 31% say they have to organise remedial training for at least some people joining them from school or college (CBI, 2015).
Sian Gresswell, Education Adviser, said: “Ultimately our aim is to ensure that students go on to lead happy, successful and fulfilling careers in the future. It is a sad fact that only 17% of state school students say they regularly meet adults in jobs they perceive as interesting (You Gov/Future First 2016). We want to change this by inspiring our young people with meaningful opportunities to experience the world of work first hand from a young age as well as providing them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to find employment, education or training opportunities.
“We are incredibly grateful to the businesses who have supported us over the last seven years. Their continued investment in our students has allowed us to find new ways to take young people out of their comfort zone: challenging themselves, developing character and interacting with a range of different adults and peers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with them and other businesses to prepare our young people for the future.”