As the worlds of business and education change, relationships between the two are more important than ever, which can bring significant mutual benefit and impact for society, businesses, schools and students.
Engaging in careers education is an excellent way to help employees, the community and the marketplace.
Participating in careers activities can make organisations more attractive to the best potential recruits. Raising awareness of your organisation, sector, roles and careers pathways helps shape the workforce of the future. This can directly address skills gaps and help nurture those with the qualities to deal with business challenges. By highlighting local opportunities you can also promote areas of growth within your sector. This, in turn, increases the size and quality of the local employment pool by identifying and nurturing talent.
Outwardly demonstrating a commitment to helping young people by shaping and delivering careers and enterprise, whilst working with like-minded businesses, can help build new local and regional contacts, expand your networks and deliver social value within the community. This can enable you to keep abreast of changes and developments not only in education but other industries.
Any member of staff can take part, ranging from Apprentices to Senior Management. This can not only build team and cross-departmental relationships, improving satisfaction and staff morale by doing something worthwhile, but allows employees to practise and improve upon their professional skills outside of work. Promoting new skill development, or enhancing existing ones through mentoring, coaching and role-modelling, is a brilliant means of staff development.
The world of work is changing rapidly and young people today face a future where they will come across more opportunities and choices, so good quality careers education is imperative to make informed decisions. We need to inspire our young people about future possibilities so they can obtain the skills, qualifications and experience they need.
Young people are asked to make a lot of life-changing decisions, from GCSE subjects, areas they would like to specialise in and routes they want to pursue. There is a lot to focus on, therefore it is key they are provided with enough information, experience and direction to make these choices wisely.
Businesses have a significant role to play in working with our education establishments to help with their careers and enterprise activities. Research suggests young people value information on careers through contacts with real-life, working role models to help prepare them for the world of work. This helps raise aspirations and broaden horizons while bringing the curriculum to life and enriching learning, giving young people the confidence to compete in the labour market.
Not only does employer engagement support the National Careers Strategy, and help schools achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks, but a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 22% more during their career. If young people have an idea of where they want to go, they are more likely to work harder, and are able to succeed relating to skill demands and economy needs. This way, we can help retain talent for the future economic growth we all plan for, shouting how Tees Valley is a fantastic place to live and work.