3.7 million children, 30% of the total number of children in the UK, live in poverty.1 Children that grow up in poverty are less likely to succeed, at school and then at work. The UK has one of the lowest rates of social mobility in the developed world.
Our mission is for business to play its part so that every child, particularly those facing social disadvantage, is able to achieve in education, leading to a successful working life, thriving in the workplace.
The Business benefits of working with schools:
- Offering engaging and personal development of current workforce
- The UK is facing real skills gaps, by working with schools you are creating a pipeline for future talent
- Raising your business’ profile in the community
- Attracting new business
The Education campaign calls to action for business are:
- For every business to scale up the careers support it offers schools, to meet the government target of a meaningful engagement every year for every secondary school child
- For every business to commit to a whole school approach – because education attainment is vital to the future of our economy.
- For every business to build skills into their schools engagement – resilience and other employability skills, as well as numeracy, literacy and the wide range of skills that are vital to the future economy.
Our Leadership Team Chair says:
“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.
Meet the Education Leadership Team
Six ways your business can take action on Education
Establish a long-term, sustainable partnership with a school. Ensure this is rooted in the needs of the school and delivers on business priorities.
Provide at least four experiences of the world of work. Four interventions by business reduce a young person's likelihood of becoming NEET by five times.
Invest in and support school staff. Business has a unique role to play in supporting schools to enhance and enrich the development of all school staff including teachers.
Bring the world of work to life - provide opportunities for young people to understand career pathways and the skills and competencies to build successful working lives.
Collaborate with other businesses - to benefit from their insight and work together to overcome common challenges.
Be an inspiration. Offer employees coaching and mentoring opportunities with young people to enhance their own skills as well as supporting young people to reach their potential.
Bringing businesses and schools together to form long-term, strategic partnerships to support young people facing disadvantage.
Enabling schools and businesses to work together on careers education, equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to succeed
LifeSkills is a free, curriculum-linked resource for young people and schools which aims to inspire, educate and empower young people aged 11 – 24
Impact Stories: Responsible Business Awards 2018
Learn more about the impact these Responsible Business Award long listed organisations are having on their community to the benefit of both society and business.
For businesses working in partnership with schools to support young people facing disadvantage to succeed in work and life.
- Burges Salmon - establishing a dynamic schools partnership
- Coventry Building Society - boosting the confidence of young people in deprived areas
- EDF Energy - closing the skills gap to inspire uptake of STEM subjects
- FTI Consulting - helping young people understand lifes ups and downs
- Ford Motor Company - giving back to the local community
- KPMG - boosting attainment in one of UK’s most deprived areas
- Novus Property Solutions - lifting a schools reputation
- Viridor - investing locally to fill the skills gap
- Workspace Group PLC - internships to inspire and support the next generation.