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The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) join forces to better understand how employers engage with schools.

We have partnered with the CBI to undertake new research to better understand how employers engage with schools. From this research we have produced a practical guide for employers who want to engage with schools together with a compendium of case studies from businesses themselves.

The guide is broken down into four key areas focusing on:

  • Why employers should engage with schools
  • Who should be engaged in the process
  • What activities to undertake
  • How to be effective

Download the guide [PDF]

Compendium of case studies [PDF]

The value that employers bring when they engage with schools is well evidenced. Research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.

Our new research shows that engagement not only allows employers to add value to schools and the lives of young people, but that young people and schools in turn give huge value to employers. In addition to the hard business case for engaging with schools there is a soft business case. Employers told us that volunteering their time to help young people brings their employees joy, increases brand loyalty and importantly helps young people to consider certain career paths and industries for the first time.

Claudia Harris, our Chief Executive Officer:

“The Careers and Enterprise Company is delighted to partner with the CBI to provide this practical guide for employers. We feel passionately about helping businesses engage with schools and colleges across the country to ensure young people are inspired and prepared for the world of work, and businesses have access to a strong and diverse talent pool in the future.”