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Linking Education and Business
A number of organisations have been established to help bridge school and business. Many will have regional offices so contact them direct to find out how they can help you and your students.
Young Enterprise is a national charity established to build links between school and industry. Business volunteers have inspired over 300,000 young people aged between 4 and 25 years of age to succeed through their own efforts. Young Enterprise is supported by regional offices.
“Be the Best You Can Be” is a programme developed by Dr David Hemery CBE. David’s 21st Century Legacy is championed by Olympians who inspire young people to realise their aspirations and ambitions. 21st Century Legacy was born to deliver Lord Coe’s promise to create a long- term legacy for young people made to the International Olympic Committee in Singapore as part of the UK’s bid to host the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Targeting secondary schools years 7 – 9 it challenges young people to look at success as a journey.
Young people aged 13 – 19 years of age will need advice on education, careers, money, health and relationships so that you can make informed decisions and choices in life. Resource materials about careers are available on line or you can contact a careers adviser. Please see:
Business in the Community (BITC) works with business and communities to improve business performance through community, marketplace and environmental engagement. As well as working to help people overcome social barriers, BITC invests in young people as future employees and delivers a number of programmes through its regional offices. One example is Work Inspiration.
Workinspiration.com is a UK wide campaign led by Business in the Community and developed to turn work experience into work inspiration. It bridges the gap between the classroom and the world of work.
Take a look at http://www.workinspiration.com/AboutUs
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. This youth charity offers a series of awards for personal development for those aged between 14 and 24 years of age. Around 275,000 young people participate every year.
The Prince’s Trust. The Prince’s Trust gives practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation in 14 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
The Prince’s Trust offers courses, grants, enterprise programmes and mentoring.
Have a look at http://www.princes-trust.org.uk
Skillsmart Retail is the Sector Skills Council for the Retail Industry and aims to be the recognised authority on retailers’ skills needs and priorities. Their mission is to drive a step change in skills levels in retail:
Welcome to the Fashion Portal
The DNA of Fashion has made the creative use of state of the art digital technologies to showcase an industry. Courage, energy and investment have gone into bringing this web portal to life but its ultimate success will depend upon everyone who has a part to play in the industry’s future contributing to it and using it.
The portal is the brainchild of David Nieper and its creation, a celebration of 50 years of UK design and manufacturing selling direct to customers throughout Europe. The portal’s purpose, to give raw talent, new and established businesses and our educators a one-stop shop window and discussion forum.