Tim Monod, Company Secretary of Affinity Water and will lead this visit, exploring how business can take practical action to ensure all young people leave school able to build successful working lives.
Education is the single biggest strategic issue facing the UK today. The reading levels of young people are below those of their parents for the first time in generations and three quarters of British businesses believe a significant skills crisis will hit the UK within the next three years. Only one in eight children from low-income homes goes on to achieve a high income as an adult.
In 2011 Jaywick was announced as being the most deprived neighbourhood in England with 1 in 5 children living in poverty across the borough, but companies can help. Government and schools agree that businesses have a significant role to play in supporting schools and it has been shown that young people who undertake four or more employer engagement activities are five times more likely to succeed than those who don’t engage with employers.
During this visit, we will share information about Business Class - a programme that is approved by Government, Ofsted and the UK Commission of Employment & Skills (UKCES) and supported by over 400 businesses and schools nationally. We will explore how we can widen young people’s understanding of employability skills and the job market and help them realise their full potential. You will also meet other business leaders who are engaged in Business Class and hear about the business case – from developing the skills of your current employees to developing a pipeline of future talent.
To register your place please contact Emma Holliday, Education Manager at Business in the Community on 07734 990555. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.