Providing expert guidance

Nobody knows your business like you do. Sharing your knowledge and expertise with government – both nationally and locally – or with the education institutions around you will help to influence what is taught so that it is relevant to your business. This is also a great opportunity to raise awareness of career opportunities and what is required to succeed in your industry. You could be a school or college governor, or get involved in helping design a course relevant to your business. Or you might contribute to employer panels that shape education and training nationally and/or locally. 

Contributing to national, regional or local skills planning

Employers provide labour market intelligence to inform planning for education and skills provision at local, regional and national levels. For example:

  • At the national level panels of employer groups develop standards for apprenticeships, which also inform the development of some technical qualifications. These standards are overseen by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
  • Bodies such as Combined Authorities and Councils convene skills boards to inform their planning. Skills Advisory Panels have been established across the country to help resolve local skills shortages. These panels bring together local employers and providers (colleges, universities, training providers) to share their knowledge of labour market needs in order to shape the education and training provision on offer.

Local providers also recruit employers to their own skills boards for different curriculum areas (see ‘Helping design a course’).

Headline benefits

  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • ¬≠Substantial preparation time

Further information
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/skills-advisory-panels-saps-role-and-governance

 

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Acting as a governor

As a local school or college governor you will be a member of the governing board, with direct input into the institution’s strategic direction. For example, you will be called upon to uphold the institution’s vision, ensuring strong financial management and appropriate policy is maintained. You may also be able to take the lead on particular interest areas such as careers provision, curriculum development and/or links to industry.

Headline benefits

  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • ¬≠Substantial preparation time

Further information
www.gov.uk/become-school-college-governor

www.aoc.co.uk/funding-and-corporate-services/governance/governors/volunteering-be-governor

www.nga.org.uk/Governance-Recruitment/Be-a-school-governor-or-trustee.aspx

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Enterprise adviser

Enterprise advisers build connections between education and industry to help improve young people’s career prospects. They support schools and colleges in the development and implementation of their careers strategy for students aged 14 and above. You may also be asked to get involved in delivering ‘Careers events’.

Headline benefits

  • Being part of your local community
  • Building partnerships
  • Staff development
  • Talent spotting

Your commitment

  • Delivery time: Ongoing
  • Substantial preparation time

Further information
www.cipd.co.uk/learn/volunteer/develop-senior-experience/become-enterprise-adviser 

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