Business Class supports businesses to build effective and sustainable partnerships with schools. This helps to ensure all young people are equipped to achieve their best possible outcomes and build successful working lives.
“ We are delighted to be supporting the Business Class programme as the National Champion for STEM education. Business Class enables us to share our experience with the schools where it can make the most powerful difference. ”
BP has been supporting schools across the UK for 50 years, focused on inspiring teachers and inspiring students. They have a particular emphasis on the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, aiming to demonstrate a real world context for these subjects through all of their education activities.
They work directly with schools across the UK through their Schools Link programme and partnerships with organisations such as STEM Learning, the Science Museum, Engineering Development Trust and Career Ready.
They also support continuing professional development of teachers through partnerships with the National STEM Learning Centre and Network, and produce a range of curriculum-linked resources for primary and secondary schools to inspire young people to take up STEM subjects.
“ Strengthening the links between schools, businesses and local communities will help nurture the talents and aspirations of all young people and better equip them to realise their full potential. ”
As an employer of almost 1,000 interns and graduates each year, Goldman Sachs recognises the importance of helping young people develop the skills required to succeed at work, and understand that a skilled workforce is a key driver of economic growth.
This shows in their commitment to supporting the UK economy through the 10,000 Small Businesses programme. Through the scheme, Goldman Sachs provides high-quality, practical support to the owners and leaders of established small businesses and social enterprises as they seek to grow their firms.
“ The power of Business Class is its simplicity. It creates a framework that provides a long-term, targeted approach to providing support for schools and young people, while creating sustainable change in our communities. It also brings a new dimension to our business by empowering and challenging colleagues to share their skills and knowledge outside of the traditional workplace environment ”
Prudential is committed to Education and working with schools. As a National Champion they lead the Reading and Scotland clusters of school and business partnerships and are also active within the Westminster cluster.
Prudential's partnership work in Education extends also into Financial education where they have worked with financial education charity pfeg since 2001, supporting them in maintaining and developing theirs Quality Mark accreditation system for financial capability teaching resources. Prudential also encourage our employees to volunteer at local schools with pfeg's Use your Expertise programme. Prudential also supported the development of Adding Up to a Lifetime, an interactive schools resource to teach financial capabilities, by The Schools Network. The resource has been used in English schools since late 2006, and adapted versions have also been produced for Scotland and Wales, disseminated by Education Scotland, and for Northern Ireland, disseminated by CEEA.
“ UBS is proud to be actively engaged in this initiative and a supporter from its early days. Business Class Clusters provide an effective forum for action, for strengthening established relationships and creating new ones. In short, Business Class is a great way of bringing together businesses and schools to share ideas, agree priorities, collaborate and develop effective partnerships that will benefit young people ”
UBS aims to overcome disadvantage in their local communities by supporting education and entrepreneurship through funding and the commitment and skills of their people.
UBS’s flagship partner in the UK is The Bridge Academy in Hackney, an independent state secondary school that it cofounded with a £1 million contribution which was matched by a UBS Wealth Management client. Since 2003, more than 4,000 employees have volunteered over 40,300 hours of their time and UBS employees, clients and suppliers have donated a further £1.5 million to support the school. UBS is always ready to learn from others and build on past successes which is why it is one of the founding members of the Business Class movement, enabling UBS to bring together organisations that are keen to support education.