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.
Employers provide labour market intelligence to inform planning for education and skills provision at local, regional and national levels. For example:
Local providers also recruit employers to their own skills boards for different curriculum areas (see ‘Helping design a course’).
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.
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’.