Fancy going back to school?

 

Pupils in North East schools have never needed contact with employers more than they do now. If you’ve never helped out in a career-related activity in a school before maybe now is the time to try?

Pupils love to learn about the world of work because they all know that this is where they will end up one day. But they want to hear about it from the people who know – you. The government agrees and back in 2013 launched its ‘inspiration agenda’, encouraging schools and businesses to work together to inspire young people about they jobs they could do.

This partnership has two immediate benefits: pupils receive up to date and authentic information about the labour market and different occupations, whilst employers can impress upon the next generation of workers the skills, attributes and knowledge they need to replace the ageing workforce.

Careers

They can tell them how important it is to be involved in activities outside school and how they can stand out from the crowd. Equally they can confirm what their teachers and parents tell them everyday – English and Maths are core subjects for a reason and really do have an application in some way to nearly every job.

From a wider, economic perspective, pupils are able to structure more coherent and fulfilling learning pathways into the world of work and employers see a higher retention rate of apprentices and graduates because there is a much better fit between the employee and their role in the organisation. This should help to reduce the skills gap in our region.

There are a number of ways employers can become involved in work in schools. You could sign up to become a volunteer speaker through

Inspiring the Future

Business in the Community

The Careers and Enterprise Company

North East England Chamber of Commerce

All these organisations offer suggestions about how you could contribute in the way that suits you and your business, whether you are happy delivering a talk in a lesson or an assembly or whether you would prefer to do one-to-one mentoring with a pupil.

Another way is to attend annual careers fairs and display your business in an engaging and interactive way, such as at our World of Work Day.

For more information please email mark.fox@ncea.org.uk.