Every child, particularly those facing social disadvantage, to reach their potential in education, leading to a successful working life. Businesses working in partnership with education, enabling schools and wider education institutions to develop the knowledge they need to help children embed skills and make the transition into the jobs and society of the future. Businesses are more adaptable and resilient to market and environmental disruptions, they will find the skills and knowledge they need in a fast-changing marketplace and they will benefit from a more engaged workforce (SDG 4, 5, 10).
- Invest in education, particularly focusing upon geographical areas and specific groups facing social disadvantage
- Inspire children’s learning about the potential future opportunities and career pathways available to them
- Engage with children through meaningful employer engagement opportunities which develop the skills, resilience and diverse experiences required for the future workplace and society
- To work in partnership with education to share expertise for the benefit of schools, wider education institutions and business which result in enhanced education and future employment outcomes for children
- Invest across your value chain, to grow quality initiatives together to impact upon greater numbers of children and generate a talent pipeline for the benefit of the sector
What our leaders are saying
“As our primary engagement report demonstrated, we consider it a social, economic and business imperative that the country’s young people are supported in gaining the essential life skills to succeed. We recognize the need to start as early as possible when shaping the employability and financial skills of future generations and we are calling on business to increase engagement with primary schools locally.”
Eleanor Turner, Prudential UK
“To solve the challenges that humanity will face in the years to come, the world needs an increasing number of talented people with a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) who will continue to drive progress and innovation. BP has been supporting schools across the UK for 50 years, inspiring teachers and inspiring students, aiming to demonstrate a real-world context for STEM subjects. As the BITC National Champion for STEM education, we use the Business Class framework in our own schools' partnerships, and we are glad to have created guidance to support others to do the same”
Peter Mather, Group Regional President, Europe & Head of Country, UK, BP
“Goldman Sachs recognises the importance of equipping young people with the tools they need to have successful future careers. We are very pleased to have established Business Class partnerships with schools across London and we welcome BITC’s commitment to sharing the knowledge and expertise needed to enable every business to create a long term strategic partnership with a school”
Jon Hughes, Managing Director Finance, Goldman Sachs International
“Over the past ten years, nearly 30,000 business volunteers from over 1,190 businesses have reached more than 277,000 young people by engaging in Business Class activities. My enormous thanks go to the extraordinary business leaders who have made that happen. Now, we need to scale up to reach the government target of engagement with every secondary school child, every year, by 2020”
David Soanes, UK Country Head, UBS and Chair, Education Leadership team.
A call for businesses to partner with schools from David Soanes