Become a Cornerstone Employer

Cornerstone Employers are experienced in engaging with education and give strategic support to clusters of secondary schools and colleges to empower careers provision in an area.

With a complex, fast-changing labour market, the need for high quality workplace experiences and links to employers has never been greater – and Cornerstone Employers are ambassadors for making this become a reality.

What is a Cornerstone Employer?

What is a Cornerstone Employer?

As a Cornerstone Employer, you build on your commitment to supporting young people by working with a small number of like-minded businesses locally. You lead efforts to enlist more employers and to coordinate and improve existing and future outreach.

Cornerstone Employers work with their networks, the wider business community and their local team to make sure that young people have access to the career opportunities they need.

There are currently over 200 Cornerstone Employers across the country. They are made up of SMEs, large employers, government, private and not for profits and are from a range of different sectors.

Why become a Cornerstone Employer?

  • Support the growth of your local economy and give back to your community.
  • Work with, and learn from, like-minded employers across various sectors.
  • Take a needs-based approach and direct resources where support is most needed.
  • Increase your organisation’s understanding of the world of education and the needs of young people.
  • Diversify your talent pipeline and support social mobility.
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What will you be doing?

  • Working with your local team to ensure employers can address the needs of local young people

  • Encouraging other employers in your networks to get involved

  • Joining termly local roundtable meetings

  • Sharing best practice and being a champion for social mobility

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Cornerstone Employers

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Anglian Water

Hear from Anglian Water about how becoming a Cornerstone Employer helped to develop their workforce.

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Aston Villa

Hear from Aston Villa about how they inspired young people about their industry.

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Morgan Sindall

Hear from Morgan Sindall about how they are raising young people’s career aspirations in the Construction sector.

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Hear from Kier about how they are supporting young people with work-based opportunities.

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Avenue Centre for Education (ACE) and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Hear from ACE and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo about how they prepare young people for the world of work.

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Hear from Butlin’s about how they are committed to contribute good careers education to the students of West Somerset.

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How to get involved

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