We have built a network of 60 Cornerstone Employers, committed to working with schools and colleges in areas in need of support.

A Cornerstone Employer invests time and resource to benefit schools and young people, engages and recruits further businesses to make commitments, creates sustainability and acts as an ambassador and champion for social mobility. Importantly, a Cornerstone Employer can be any size – large, small or even micro.

We are working to triple the amount of Cornerstone Employers across England, to reach a total of 150 by June 2019.

The role of a Cornerstone Employer

As a Cornerstone Employer, there are many ways to make an impact on the young people in your area with our support:

  • encourage senior staff to volunteer as Enterprise Advisers to pass on their business knowledge and expertise to young people with careers activities and connecting schools and colleges to their business contacts
  • partner with careers activity and mentoring providers to support and increase their delivery capacity
  • encourage your customers and clients to get involved
  • deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers, on business and industry, and offer workplace visits for teachers to sustain impact
  • promote the work that you do in the press, with blogs, in your business newsletter or social media channels
  • collaborate with other businesses to make the biggest possible impact in your area

Express your interest in becoming a Cornerstone Employer

Our 60 current Cornerstone Employers are mainly focussed in the government’s current Opportunity Areas, but the expansion to 150 will be spread more widely across England.

If becoming a Cornerstone Employer appeals to your business, please express your interest and our team will be in touch.

Express interest