This page includes information on the various opportunities available to employers for engaging with volunteers or to volunteer themselves. Here you can find out about how to become an Enterprise Advisor, how to get involved with our Workforce for the Future programme and discover information on Cornerstone Employers.
Successful interactions with employers and experiences like workplace volunteering, internships, placements, and workshops inspire young people to make informed choices about their future, whilst attracting future talent to your business.
Your business can make a real difference to young peoples’ lives. Individuals who interacted with employers while at school are 86% less likely to become what’s known as NEETs (not in employment, education or training). They’re also likely to earn around 18% more during their career than their peers without the same opportunities.
By interacting with young people you can:
The West of England Enterprise Adviser Network supports voluntary Enterprise Advisers to work together with schools and colleges to inspire and inform young people about their future careers.
The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) campaign, Rewrite the Story provides more information on the role and how partnering with a local secondary school or college can help them develop a strong careers programme supporting all students.
We need more business professionals across our region to volunteer to work with secondary schools. We’re looking for people who want to make a difference and help schools deliver better careers services to their students.
A free, bespoke service designed to help small to medium-sized enterprises to identify and address their future skills needs. As part of the programme, we’re helping businesses develop mutually-beneficial, impactful relationships with schools.
You will receive ongoing, one-to-one consultancy support from concept to the delivery of business-led activities, including any or all the list below:
For further information about the School Engagement programme, please contact Jane Yorke.
The Cornerstone Employer group is a small cross-section of employers from the West of England region. The group represents a range of key sectors in our area, including Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Digital, Health, Legal and Professional, and Construction. Employers include Lloyds Bank, the Cabinet Office, Edwards Vacuum and the University of Bath.
Our Cornerstone employers have experience in engaging with schools and colleges and provide strategic support to our Careers Hub. They’re also committed to: