The UBS Award for Education

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Recognising the best UK school-business programmes that are working to ensure that all young people, regardless of postcode or family income, are able to build successful working lives.

Please note: the deadline for all Award submissions has been extended to 5pm GMT on Friday 17 February 2017.

Young people are becoming increasingly polarised into those who succeed at school and beyond and those who do not because of their social background. Educational inequality impacts not only the health, well-being and career options of our young people, it also leads to wasted potential at a time when businesses are struggling to recruit the skills they need. Responsible businesses have a vital role to play in building a diverse, effective and skilled workforce, and helping to create economically viable, cohesive communities.

The UBS Award for Education recognises those school-business programmes that are working to eradicate educational disadvantage and ensure that young people gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to be successful at school and beyond. We are looking for long term commitments developed between schools and businesses working in partnership, not one off activities.

We know that these opportunities are not uniformly provided and often young people most in need of employer engagement opportunities remain the furthest from them. We would be particularly interested in hearing from businesses focussed on tacking those “cold spots”.

Criteria:

The UBS Award for Education will recognise school-business programmes that are working to ensure that all young people, regardless of postcode or family income, are able to build successful working lives.

Successful entries will demonstrate:

  • Businesses and schools working in partnership for mutual benefit through sustainable partnerships to ensure that young people gain the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful at school and beyond.

  • Reach: evidence that the programme positively impacts on young people and communities who need it the most; evidence that the programme contributes to positive social mobility building a diverse, effective and skilled work force.

  • Commitment: evidence that the programme is shaped on the basis of a dialogue between schools/young people and businesses to ensure that the needs of schools/young people are at the heart of any solution.

  • Scalability: potential for widening the impact of a programme or replication in other areas (especially “cold spots”) to create economically viable, cohesive communities.

Eligibility:

  • This category is open to all members of Business in the Community (BITC), any non-member private sector business, or any organisation that is engaged in BITC’s Business Class programme.

  • The business should be entering a programme that goes above and beyond its core purpose.

  • The entry should focus on impact achieved in the UK.

  • Businesses of any size can enter and will have an equal chance of winning as entries will be assessed against the scoring guide and not against each other.

  • We recognise that, due to the nature of programmes with schools, impact tends to be long-term and it can be difficult to evidence in early years. Accordingly, we recommend that applicants have at least a one-year record of measuring the benefits for the school(s) and the business. Programmes with a shorter history may apply, but an inability to evidence longer term impact may make their application less competitive.

For more details, please contact Katy Neep on katy.neep@bitc.org.uk

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