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Involving employers in schools can encourage social mobility

Involving employers in schools can encourage social mobility
Increased engagement by employers at school can help address issues of low aspiration and social mobility, a study has found.
A report by Deloitte, commissioned by the charity Education and Employers Taskforce, examined how employers can contribute to improving careers education through inspiring and better informing young people.
It found that 95% of young people agreed that they would like employers to be more involved in providing advice and guidance about careers and jobs.
In the past two years, 42% of those surveyed said they had no contact with employers at all.
The study concluded that students who had contact with 4 or more employers in the last two years of school, were twice as likely to have a good idea on what job they wanted to do and what skills were needed to do it.
Aspire People, a recruitment agency for the education sector provide a free enterprise to schools as part of their service. Director of Aspire People Michaela Powell  said: "This report demonstrates the important role employers play in the school curriculum.  I encourage all my recruitment consultants to utilise their recruitment skills throughout the community. We help pupils with their interview techniques, CV writing skills and much more. I recently held an event at Small Heath School, Birmingham and we invited speakers from the community to talk about careers and help with their CVs.'
The involvement of employers, when done properly, motivates, inspires and informs young people, and prepares them for the workplace by making them aware of the skills and attitudes employers expect them to have.
At a time when there is considerable pressure on public spending, this report shows the positive steps and measures that schools and employers can take, at little cost, to work together to overcome these barriers and instil careers education into the curriculum.


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