That’s the message that business and education leaders are delivering to all businesses in Brighton & Hove as part of an awareness raising campaign to highlight the breadth of opportunities that exist for businesses to work with schools, colleges and other learning providers in the city.
The £30,000 Learning Partnership campaign, which is being coordinated by the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP)and is also supported by a wide variety of business organisations in the city, aims to make it easy for businesses to find out about the most comprehensive changes to education in the past 40 years and how they can get involved. They can return a reply-paid card to find out more and those employers who simply do not have the time will have the option to say, “please don’t bother us again!”
There are many options for businesses to explore. Gone are the days when getting involved with schools meant finding the time to provide a work experience placement. Businesses can get involved in anything from an annual speech at a local school or a business breakfast to local versions of The Dragons Den and The Apprentice.
Tony Mernagh, Executive Director of Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership said: "If Brighton & Hove is going to compete in the modern globalised world we have to give the next generation of workers every chance to be 'business ready' when they leave schools and colleges and employer engagement is vitally important right across the spectrum of activity from the gold standard of work placements right down to simply talking to small groups about the world of work.
Not only that, but as an ex-teacher I can say with confidence that working with young people is a truly rewarding experience for any company no matter what size they are and at whatever level they want to engage."
The campaign will not only give businesses control over whether they want to be contacted and how, but will ensure that there is a more co-ordinated approach to avoid one of the business sector’s biggest irritations – being pestered time and time again when they have already made their intentions clear.
A press campaign in The Argus & Leader will be followed by a mail out to 13,000 businesses in Brighton & Hove East Sussex, making it one of the largest business engagement campaigns conducted by the business sector in the city working in partnership with the education sector.
To request further information download the attached postcard and return to the Freepost address. For further information on the types of activities businesses can get involved in log on to www.futureworkforce.co.uk
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