Q5. How does your school ensure that pupils have multiple encounters with employers and employees which enrich their understanding of working practices?
Why is this important?
Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace. The challenge for schools is to ensure that all young people receive access to these activities; this requires considerable co-ordination and management.
What strategic questions should you ask the senior leadership team about engaging with employers and employees to deliver career guidance?
- What is your school’s strategy for engaging with employers and employees and how is this managed and evaluated?
- What role do the governors have in linking employers to school?
- How do you ensure a spread of employers and employees (across size and sector) engage with all year groups in your school?
- What activities are employers and employees specifically engaged with in your school?
- What use does your school make of the Enterprise Adviser network?
Case study of good practice
Enterprising mind-sets come through links with industry. Asian Business Connections, Added Value and Newcastle United Foundation are organisations representing local employers and they provide activities such as mock interviews and employability workshops. The school has an aim to ensure that every Y11 student should have an opportunity for a mock interview. Employers are also involved in engaging activities such as an annual ‘Dragon’s Den activity’ in which local employers act as the ‘Dragons’.
Essential resources to support your school achieve this Benchmark
- You may be involved in a business or employer that can work directly with your school, or you may know people who are. The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) provides guidance for businesses on working with schools which you can use yourself or share with your contacts.
- Support for developing links with companies: The Careers and Enterprise Company has a network of Enterprise Advisers who support schools to review and develop their strategy for engaging with employers – these pages provide links to local Enterprise Advisers based within your Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
- A toolkit for managing employer engagement from the Career Development Institute
- Education and business partnership organisations exist across England and help schools to make links to local companies and employers.
- The Big Bang Fair is an annual award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops, exhibits and opportunities for careers conversations from employers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). There are also many local Big Bang Near Me Fairs across the country.
Additional resources to support your school achieve this Benchmark
- Young Enterprise is a charity which provides programmes to schools and colleges which help young people to develop employability skills.
- The Edge Foundation has the Career Footsteps campaign which matches schools and colleges with employers and professionals to inspire pupils, broaden their career horizons and help them find their own path to success.
Other questions in Careers
- Q1. How does your school develop, manage and implement its careers programme?
- Q2. How does your school provide opportunities for pupils to learn from career and labour market information?
- Q3. How does your school address the career guidance needs of each pupil?
- Q4. How do teaching staff in your school link curriculum learning to careers?
- Q6. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant experiences of work places to help them to make career decisions?
- Q7. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant encounters with further and higher education and work-based learning providers to help them make career decisions about future learning options?
- Q8. How does your school ensure that all pupils have access to the personal guidance they require to help them make informed career decisions?