Connecting with Schools
Employers

There are nearly 4 million young people attending over 4000 secondary schools in the UK, most of whom will know very little about the printing industry (data taken from BESA key educational statistics). We have the opportunity to change this. Read on to see how you can inspire the next generation of printers.

You may want to connect with your local school for reasons LIKE:
  • Supporting your local community
  • Raising the profile of your business within your community
  • Increasing the profile of our industry among the up and coming generation
  • Improving your recruitment options
  • Improving the diversity of your organisation
  • Existing staff development
There are various things that you might consider offering:
  • Supply schools (and parents) with information about the industry and your company
  • Present to schoolchildren about your company/the industry
  • Present to schoolchildren on writing a good CV or good interview tips
  • Attendance at local and national careers/apprenticeship/recruitment fairs
  • Job shadowing for school children
  • Groups of schoolchildren visiting your premises for a site tour
  • Offer part time work, evenings and weekends
  • Offer work experience opportunities

Understanding some of the Department for Education’s careers strategy may help you to make that connection. The statutory guidance issued by the DfE states that every school and college will have to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve their careers provision. By understanding these benchmarks you will be able to understand how you will be able to support the school in achieving their aims whilst creating opportunities for your business at the same time.

The Gatsby Benchmarks put the employer at the centre of the careers programme and secondary schools are expected to provide pupils with ‘at least one meaningful interaction with businesses every year’.

What do you need to do?

Make someone within your business responsible – this could be good development for one of your staff
Decide what you want to offer the school/young people – see above list
Identify the schools that you want to engage with
Contact the school to begin the journey – details of schools careers leaders should be displayed on the school website
Build the relationship with the school
Tell the BPIF about what goes well and what not so well so that we can all learn from a shared experience

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