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Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers & employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

• Students should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year between years 7-13.

• Work with your regional Local Enterprise Partnership (Greater Birmingham & Solihull) and Combined Authority (West Midlands Combined Authority) to make sure you are aligning to the strategic economic plans of the region:

GBSLEP Strategic Economic Plan 2016-30

WMCA Strategic Economic Plan

To view resources from the Careers & Enterprise Company on this benchmark click here 

To access the Careers & Enterprise Company Resource Directory for benchmark 5 click here


Examples of employer encounters can include:

 - Alumni activity - to view a guide on how to develop your alumni click here

 - Business games and enterprise competitions

 - Careers fairs

 - Employer encounters with parents

 - Employer involvement in the curriculum

 - Employer mentoring

 - Employer talks


Example Resources to support Employer encounters:

- Invite volunteers in from the world of work through Inspiring the Future, Founders4Schools and Speakers for schools

- The STEM Ambassador programme provides inspiring role models to engage young people with science and maths careers 

- The Youth Social Action Toolkit helps schools and colleges use youth social action to support careers education

- Contact local businesses through the Step Up database (contact the Careers Hub team for support) and invite them in to support careers activities  

For further free and costed resources please click on the provider box below. 


Careers and Enterprise Company guides:

Business games and enterprise competitions. What works?

Careers Events. What works?

Transition skills (mock interviews and CV workshops).  What works?

Guidance for Benchmarks 5 & 6: scoring online employer engagement in Compass and Compass+

Making it Meaningful Checklist


Useful Reading:

It’s who you meet: Why employer contacts at school make a difference to the employment prospects of young adults (Dr Anthony Mann, Education and Employers Taskforce research)

Why does employer engagement matter? (CDI, Sept 2014)

How working with volunteers from the world of work can boost your careers information and advice provision in line with Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework(Education and Employers Taskforce, April 2016)

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