National Careers Service: South West

Employer and Education Engagement

These checklists have been developed by the West of England Business in Schools Network to provide some context and support education and employers working together.

Educational Practice


  • Map student experience so the educational establishment has an overview of each student experience
  • Have a nominated Key contact person to co-ordinate business engagement – with a support person on each activity in case of an emergency
  • Senior leadership support enhances the engagement – businesses appreciate a Senior Leader speaking to them and thanking them for their support
  • Ensure there is regular /ongoing clear communication with businesses
  • Have clear procedures with a timeline for planning before, during and after the event. When asking for employer support initially target 6 weeks notice

Educational Practice Checklist

Employer Practice


  • Have an understanding of the age, ability and experience of the young people and prepare and deliver accordingly
  • Recognise the CPD opportunity for business staff and how it supports their job and promotion/pathways
  • Provide schools/colleges with pressure calendar dates for engagement to be avoided
  • Celebrate internally and mention on the company website
  • Use in bids for contracts – always good to show community support

Employer Practice Checklist

Tool kit

Why Does Employer Engagement Matter?

A tool-kit for managing employer activites in schools and colleges.


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