Developing the Young Work Force

An ambition of Developing the Young Workforce is that education and employers work closely together to equip all young people with the skills and knowledge they will need to flourish in work, and to support diversity in the workforce.

This Guidance for School/Employer Partnerships is intended to support the aim of meaningful and productive school/employer partnerships operating in all secondary schools by 2018/19, although it also applies to primary schools and early years. These partnerships should build on good practice and existing links with employers. They should bring mutual benefit and evolve to respond to local circumstances.

For schools there’s a great opportunity to access the skills, knowledge, experience and support of an employer and their workforce. This resource can enhance learning and teaching across the curriculum and help prepare young people for the world of work.

Investing time in building partnerships with employers can provide a range of benefits for young people and the school such as:

  • Bringing real life contexts into the classroom
  • Increasing awareness about the local labour market and how a business is run
  • Workshops introducing children to various career options available
  • Opportunities to develop and recognise the skills needed in the workplace – oracy, numeracy, literacy

From nursery the children engage in enterprising activities and actively participate in fundraising efforts to support local charities.  As they age, they are given more roles of responsibility when planning and implementing these activities.