Education and employer partnerships celebrated at Guildhall event

SSAT hosted a policy forum of business and school leaders to champion school/employer partnerships. The event also saw the launch of Creating effective partnerships with employers: guidance for teachers. Produced by the SSAT in collaboration with the Education and Employers Taskforce, the publication identifies the key characteristics of successful employer engagement, presenting case studies and suggested strategies to encourage schools to create their own effective partnerships with employers.

The forum, held at the Guildhall in London on 21 January 2010 and supported by the Education and Employers Taskforce, was attended by over 30 head teachers and business representatives including BP, the Institute of Directors and KPMG.

Bob Wigley, Co-Chair of the Education and Employers Taskforce said: ‘Partnerships between employers and schools can make a real difference to young people. The aim of Education and Employers Taskforce is that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers which provide young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential. Whilst the majority of schools now have good individual relationships with some employers and undertake activities such as work experience, we know most schools want employers to be more heavily involved in supporting work across all age groups and the curriculum areas. ‘

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