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The Best Investment Your Business Could Make….the Future
Is recruitment a problem for your business?
Do you find it difficult to find and retain good staff?
Do you worry about the future of skills in your industry?
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, then working with education may offer you the opportunity to address these issues long term. Providing young people with access, knowledge and experience of the world of work allows young people to develop skills that are valued by employers. Young people will enter the workforce with more relevant skills and an understanding of work.
As an employer, working with young people, and schools can help:
- Ensure a better prepared, more knowledgeable young person as an employee
- you gain a more effective way to recruit for the future
- with potential marketing and PR opportunities
- provide your company with fresh thinking that may help with company problems
- young people develop work-relevant skills and an understanding of how businesses operate.
A number of events have taken place over the last month, in schools and local businesses, organised by EBP-SW.
Exeter City FC hosted a Grecian Maths event, where three schools; Teign School, Dartmouth Academy and South Dartmoor Community College, each sent ten year 8 students to take part. During the day they did Maths work around football, calculating ground capacity, sales in the shop, league tables, ticket sales etc. One of the volunteers also gave the students a tour of the ground and talked about careers that are available in sport.
Girls in to … at South Devon College involved 20 girls form a mixture of schools; St. Cuthbert Mayne, Paignton Community and Sports College, Churston Ferrers Grammar School and Westlands Sch ool. The girls were all year 9 and attended three interactive workshops – plumbing, electrical and energy. Everyone had a really good day, with the girls learning about different types of energy, how to wire a plug and sculpted their initials in copper!