Your input will ensure that teachers can share essential and up to date knowledge and skills in their lessons. You could help design a course or support a student project, give teachers the opportunity to find out about current industry practice by hosting a site visit, give a masterclass for a group of teachers, or even donate some equipment or workshop time.
Schools and colleges may not have access to industry-standard equipment on site. Employers can help by donating or loaning surplus or ‘retired’ equipment including machinery, tools, computer hardware and software or workshop items. Alternatively, you may wish to consider providing occasional access to your premises where possible. Some colleges host manufacturers’ equipment, enabling local companies to view demonstrations.
Employers can give teachers first-hand experience of their industry through professional development opportunities such as site visits, short placements for teachers, or longer-term part-time working arrangements. These opportunities help to maintain teachers’ knowledge of the latest technical and professional developments in your industry, including present and future career opportunities, and the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for different roles. Teachers use these insights to inspire their students and keep the teaching curriculum up to date.
Employers can share their specialist knowledge with students in a variety of ways, such as advising on new technologies, processes and services within your industry. You could be involved in a range of activities with students including presenting masterclasses, helping deliver workshops or lectures.
Employer input can add ‘real life’ relevance to educational programmes to bring the curriculum to life and equip young people for the transition from school or college into the workplace.
You can support teachers in a range of ways, from giving feedback on the curriculum content, to co-designing courses. For particular topics you may help with designing a specialist lesson or workshop or writing some resources (eg a fact sheet or quiz) or being involved in case studies.
With employer-set projects students address a ‘real-life’ challenge experienced by a local employer – their client. You will be involved throughout the project, working with teaching staff in designing and setting the task, reviewing students’ progress, receiving the final product or report and feeding back to students. In some cases a project could be a formal requirement of a student’s qualification, but usually projects will be developed as an approach to facilitate students’ learning.