Employers play a vital role in helping young people learn about the world of work.
The Education Business Partnership
Our Education Business Partnership (EBP) provides opportunities for pupils, their teachers, and often parents, to meet and interact with employers. These activities aim to inform, inspire, and motivate young people about their future career.
As an employer, talking to pupils about job roles, your organisation or industry will raise pupils' awareness of opportunities open to them. Sharing your knowledge and experience will help pupils understand the skills employers are looking for and can inspire them to consider a career in your sector.
Pupils develop awareness, confidence and employability skills when they take part in EBP activities. Encounters with employers can bring a subject to life and provide a better understanding of how that subject is applied in the workplace.
Potential benefits of linking with schools
Working with schools can help employers to:
- Raise awareness of their business or sector
- Provide insights and inspiration to influence potential future employees
- Network with other businesses
- Provide professional development opportunities for staff
- Support the achievement of community goals
How we can support employers to link with schools
Schools are keen to have links with employers to enrich teaching and learning across all subjects. We can help to arrange a variety of activities including:
- Presentations to help relate specific subject areas to the world of work (in person or virtually)
- Employer vlogs and videos
- Visits to employer premises
- Careers carousel and employer networking days
- Specific workshops (for example, interview hints and tips or mock interviews)
- Careers fairs
Contact your local Business Engagement Adviser, to discuss these and other ways you can support schools and pupils. You can also find out about our Education Business Exchange database, which schools can use to search for employers to take part in activities.
School Valued Partner Initiative
Our School Valued Partner programme allows us to recognise employers and schools who work together for the benefit of pupils. Employers can request a partnership with a specific school.
We will also recognise employers that Careers Wales has already introduced to a school and who are active in their support of the school and its pupils.
Find out more about the School Valued Partner Initiative.
Our work with partners
Employer case studies
RWE Renewables become a school valued partner by supporting education business activities in Port Talbot, highlighting future opportunities in the growing renewable energy sector.
By growing a valued partnership with schools in Wrexham, DTCC can future proof their business, support the economy of Wales and raise their business profile.
Griffiths work in partnership with Careers Wales to raise awareness of careers in the Civil Engineering and Construction industries.
Taylor’s love of STEM subjects led to an engineering apprenticeship with Wales & West Utilities.
Kim Jones Retail Branch Manager at HSBC Llandrindod Wells, encourages employers to get involved in Careers Wales’ Education Business Exchange.
Elin Aaron runs a small family run guest house and restaurant at the foot of Snowdon and believes in supporting local schools. Here’s her story...
Celtic Horizons have been recognised for the work they do in schools to inspire young people about careers in construction.
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