EBP South are running an Employer Engagement Project designed to link the school curriculum to the world of work. The project, which is fully funded by The Hearn Foundation, sees businesses go into schools and deliver sessions on specific school subjects which they use in their day-to-day work.
The project has seen a variety of businesses sharing their experience with young people such as BAE Systems running sessions on Design Technology, Cytiva running sessions on Algebra & Equations and Queensbury Shelters running sessions on Area and Volume.
For businesses, taking part in the project allows them to educate young people about careers that they may not have thought of before, address their corporate social responsibility and help to bridge the skills gap.
Charlie Adie from BAE Systems recently ran a session at Priory School and said “Having developed this session last academic year, it was great to be back in Priory School meeting so many enthusiastic young people. BAE Systems is committed to the local communities where we work, and the school is less than 2km from Portsmouth Naval Base where BAE is a major employer. I was able to provide first hand evidence of the opportunities that exist locally and the various routes to employment for young people including Apprenticeships, Placements, Graduate scheme, as well as direct entry.”
Almost 5,000 young people have taken part in the programme so far and of them 92 percent said after the session they understood the link between working hard at school and the opportunities available in the future.