The School Partnerships Award

Recognising businesses that are building partnerships with schools in the UK, ensuring young people have the skills to build successful working lives.

School Partnership Award infographicSusie Perrett, BITC's Education Director gives her reflections on the successful entries to this year's award.

At Business in the Community we believe a young person’s background should not predict their success at school or beyond. And so it is inspiring to see businesses collaborating with schools to help this become a reality, resulting in improved GCSE results and students who feel more capable of dealing with challenges, as well as having greater ambition for their futures. The entries for this year’s School Partnership Award clearly show the positive difference businesses can make to young people’s lives.

Given the collaborative programme approach Esh Group take, I am particularly pleased that they are the Winners of this year’s School Partnership Award. They are meeting the needs of schools and young people, while simultaneously addressing an urgent business requirement. To help raise awareness of careers in the construction industry, Esh Group have engaged significant numbers of other businesses and shared their model with them. The result is that nearly 7,000 students and their teachers have learnt about the skills and qualifications young people need to succeed, helping those the programme inspires to turn their ambitions into reality. This is a fantastic achievement.

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Esh Group - Building My Skills: A speaker at a Building My Skills session in a school
The School Partnerships Award, Winner 2015, Reaccredited 2016.

Esh Group has brought together businesses and schools across the north of England to provide free careers advice, which has helped the construction firm build strong relationships with businesses within and outside its sector.

Published: July 2015
BBC - BBC News School Report: A young school boy in a wheelchair presenting with a BBC news microphone
The Schools Partnership Award, Finalist, 2015.

Through the School Report project, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has given young people a voice, enhanced their skills and attracted new audiences, which has helped it fulfil its role as a public service.

Published: June 2015
Deloitte LLP - Deloitte Access Programme: MicroTyco
The School Partnerships Award, Finalist, 2015

Deloitte has worked with education charity Teach First to support young people from low income communities, which has engaged employees and raised its profile with national policymakers.

Published: June 2015
DWF - 5 STAR Futures: A schoolgirl animatedly giving a presentation
The Schools Partnership Award, Finalist 2015, Reaccredited 2016.

DWF set up 5 STAR Futures to try and stop social background predicting a young person’s success. It has worked with 31 schools to increase students’ self-confidence and help prepare them for work, while engaging a quarter of its employees in volunteering activities.

Published: June 2015
Manchester Airport - The Manchester Enterprise Academy: A young person on a job placement at the Airport.
The Schools Partnership Award, Finalist, 2015.

Manchester Airport’s partnership with the Manchester Enterprise Academy (MEA) has contributed to it becoming one of the most improved schools in the city, supporting the future recruitment needs of the airport.

Published: June 2015
Pinsent Masons - Inspiring Young Lives: School children holding up certificates
The School Partnerships Award, Finalist 2015, Reaccredited 2016.

Pinsent Masons has worked with 12 primary and secondary schools across the UK to improve pupils’ academic achievement and confidence, while supporting the firm’s objectives to recruit and retain motivated employees and develop their skills.

Published: June 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

Acorn Environment Services has provided support and long-term work experience for 24 disengaged young people at four secondary schools, helping them improve their behaviour and attainment. In turn helping the company win work.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

By encouraging more Dalziel High School students to study engineering and science, Amec Foster Wheeler has helped address the future skills shortage in the energy sector and beneffited from and improved profile in the sector.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

Over the past 15 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has helped more than four million young people improve their skills, knowledge and career aspirations.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The School Partnerships Award, Shortlisted 2015, Reaccredited 2016.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has involved a quarter of its UK-based workforce in supporting students from Coleridge Community College, which has helped the publisher strengthen its business relationships and gain a valuable insight into this customer group.

Published: April 2015
The Vyne School, Basingstoke - Fujitsu's Business Class partnership
The School Partnerships Award, Shortlisted, 2015

Fujitsu Defence and National Security (D&NS) has given students at the Vyne School in Basingstoke greater confidence and an awareness of work-related skills, creating pride among its employees.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

Hogan Lovells International’s partnership with Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) girls’ school has raised pupils’ aspirations and created a sense of pride among the firm’s employees.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

KPMG and CoLC have co-sponsored The City Academy, Hackney (TCAH) since 2006, raising aspirations and attainment levels in the borough, providing staff development opportunities and enhancing both organisations’ reputations and networks.
 

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

Linbrooke Services’ Phoenix Project has helped several young people from a Sheffield school turn their lives around by preventing their exclusion and providing a route into work. The project hopes to provide a future recruitment pool for Linbrooke.

Published: April 2015
The Responsible Business Awards - shortlisted planter
The Schools Partnership Award, Shortlisted, 2015.

Nationwide has developed a range of interactive programmes to improve numeracy among schoolchildren, which will help ensure their future customers are more able to manage their finances.

Published: April 2015

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